Teasel  -  Dipsacaceae  (Teasel Family) Dipsacus  sylvestris
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August 1, 2004  - Rock Cliff Recreation Area, Wasatch County, Utah  - © Nicky Davis

Not native to North America, but was cultivated in Europe. Name derived from the ancient  (and  into this century)
 use of the dried flower heads to "tease" or raise the nap of cloth.
Preferred over metal tools since they break before tearing the cloth. Grows 2-6 feet tall.
The stems are spiny, leaves are in pairs, lance-shaped with spiny midribs.
 Can be found in fields, ditches. Biennial -  Blooms July-October

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