Name: Teasel

Scientific name: Dipsacus fullonum

Category: Flowers

Nature Stars: 40

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About: Probably most commonly known for its brown, prickly stems and seed heads left long after the plant itself has died back for the winter. Between July and August when in flower, the spikey flower head is mostly green with a ring of purple flowers that travel through it.

How to identify: Look for a plant as tall as you at full height with thorns up ts stem and a rounded, bud-like flower head.

Where: Found mainly in England but dos grow elsewhere in the UK and Ireland.

Fantastic fact: The seeds of the teasel are very important for birds like the goldfinch which can often be seen on the old, brown flower heads 'teasing' seeds from them in the autumn.

Photograph credit: Philip Precey

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