science education resource

For K-12 Students • Educators • Homeschool Families • Naturalists

Teasel (Common)

To view these resources with no ads please Login or Subscribe (and help support our site).

Dipsacus sylvestris
Teasel (Common)


They are found growing in fields and along roadsides.


They have a prickly stem and tiny, lilac flowers growing around a spiky, thistle-like head. They bloom all summer. They were introduced in the 1700's to become an aggressive invasive.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

Flower Type: Tiny flowers clustered in a spiky, thistle-like head
Flower Color: Light purple
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Plant Type: Wildflower (Tall 2-6 feet)
Leaf Type: Lance-shaped, toothed and fused around stem
Stem: Prickly

To view these resources with no ads, please Login or Subscribe (and help support our site).

Related Links

Coloring Page

Use Teacher Login to show answer keys or other teacher-only items.

Citing Research References

When you research information you must cite the reference. Citing for websites is different from citing from books, magazines and periodicals. The style of citing shown here is from the MLA Style Citations (Modern Language Association).

When citing a WEBSITE the general format is as follows.
Author Last Name, First Name(s). "Title: Subtitle of Part of Web Page, if appropriate." Title: Subtitle: Section of Page if appropriate. Sponsoring/Publishing Agency, If Given. Additional significant descriptive information. Date of Electronic Publication or other Date, such as Last Updated. Day Month Year of access < URL >.

Here is an example of citing this page:

Amsel, Sheri. "Teasel (Common)" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2023. March 27, 2023
< > has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.