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Common Teasel

Common teasel

Scientific name: Dipsacus fullonum L. (ITIS)

Synonym: Dipsacus sylvestris Huds. (ITIS)

Common names: Common teasel, wild teasel, Fuller's teasel, venuscup teasel

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Native To: Europe (Gucker 2009)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First cultivated in the U.S. during the 1800s (Gucker 2009)

Means of Introduction: Was cultivated for use in textile processing, or may have been introduced accidentally with other varieties of teasel (Gucker 2009; Bentivegna and Smeda 2008)

Impact: Crowds out native species (Gucker 2009)

Current U.S. Distribution:



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Council or Task Force

Invasive Plants of Ohio: Fact Sheet 15 - Common and Cut-leaved Teasels (PDF | 395 KB)
Ohio Invasive Plants Council.
See also: Invasive Plants of Ohio for worst invasive plant species identified in Ohio's natural areas


Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States - Common Teasel
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Invasive Species Compendium - Dipsacus fullonum
CAB International.

Federal Government

U.S. National Plant Germplasm System - Dipsacus fullonum
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) - Dipsacus fullonum, D. laciniatus
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.

PLANTS Database - Fuller's Teasel
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

Exotic Species: Common Teasel (2010)
DOI. NPS. Science of the American Southwest.

See also: Invasive Plant Species for more fact sheets

State Government

Noxious Weed Species - Common Teasel
Colorado Department of Agriculture. Conservation Services Division. Noxious Weed Program.

Field Guide: Invasive - Teasels
Missouri Department of Conservation.

See also: Problem Plant Control (scroll to Invasive Plants section) for more information to help you identify and control most common invasive plants in Missouri

Class C Noxious Weed: Common Teasel
Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board.

King County (Washington) Noxious Weed Control Program - Common Teasel
King County Department of Natural Resources (Washington). Water and Land Resources Division.

Common Teasel
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


Weed Control in Natural Areas in the Western United States: Common, Cutleaf, and Fuller's Teasel (2013; PDF | 264 KB)
University of California. Weed Research and Information Center.
See also: Weeds in Natural Areas for more information sheets

Ohio Perennial & Biennial Weed Guide - Common Teasel
Ohio State University. Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.


Noxious Weed Information - Teasel
Colorado Weed Management Association.


Bentivegna, D.J. and R.J. Smeda. 2008. Chemical management of cut-leaved teasel (Dipsacus laciniatus) in Missouri. Weed Technology 22(3):502-506.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Dipsacus fullonum. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

Gucker, C.L. 2009. Dipsacus fullonum, D. laciniatus. In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.

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Last Modified: Sep 15, 2018
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