Belongs to: flowering plants

Teasel Dipsacus fullonum

Best time to see: early Jul to late Aug

Key facts

A tall, striking plant with its large spiny heads of rose-purple flowers

The leaves often fill with water where they meet the stem, drowning small insects that the plant then digests

The spiny seedheads stand over winter and have long been used to raise the nap on fabrics

© Tony Gunton

© Tony Gunton