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Dipsacus sativus, Fuller's Teasel, hooked napping teasel


The dried flower heads are used for carding wool and as a clothes brush for raising the nap on woollen cloth.

They are harvested with about 20cm of stem as soon as the flowers wither and are dried for later use.

A blue dye is obtained from the dried plant, an indigo substitute.

Succeeds in most soils but prefers clay. Prefers a deep rich soil. Requires a sunny position.

A good butterfly plant.


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