FULLER'S TEASEL Scientific Name:
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- Fullerís Teasel is a biennial herb with a basal rosette of prickly, lanceolate leaves and tall flower spikes that ends in a single large flower - made up of a mass of tiny flowers with lavender, lilac, pink or white flowers.
- The flower heads tend to bloom in bands of flowers up the stiff flower head from bottom to top.
- Prefers full sun, is draught tolerant and will grow in any soil but do not like wet poorly drained soils.
- Good butterfly plant.
Medicinal Uses. It is said that:
- The fresh root of the biennial plant is harvested at the end of the first year - during the second year the plant grows above the ground, while the root becomes increasingly fibrous and loses its medicinal properties.
- The root is diaphoretic, diuretic and stomachic.
- An infusion is said to strengthen the stomach, create appetite, remove obstructions of the liver and treat jaundice.
- Fullerís Teasel has a folk history of use in the treatment of cancer.
- An ointment made from the roots is used to treat warts, and ringworm.
- A homeopathic remedy made from the whole flowering plant is used in the treatment of skin diseases.
- Fullerís Teasel is also claimed to be antibiotic, improve circulation and helpful in curing Lyme disease.
- Lyme disease is called Tick bite fever in South Africa.
- A blue dye is obtained from the dried plant and is used as an indigo substitute.
- The color turns yellow when mixed with alum.
- Seed heads can be used in dried flower arrangements.
- The large prickly heads can be used for craft projects.
- Fullers teasel was originally grown to be used in the wool industry.
- The large back curving spines on the dried seed heads have been used for carding wool and as a clothes brush for raising the nap on woolen cloth.
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