6 responses to “Dipsacus sativus”

  1. Sophie

    The French name is cardère.
    They were cultivated in great numbers during 3 centuries, used to make fine cloth. At the end of the 19th century, there were still 2300 hectares of cultivated cardères in France. The surface then quickly decreased to a few small villages in South-east France, where the cardères completely disappeared in 1983.
    Around that time, a nature periodic (http://lahulotte.fr) laid hands on a bag of seeds in a thistle dealer warehouse, and distributed the seeds to its readers. They recently made an enquiry on how the “cardère des villes”, as they called them, had feared, but I don’t know the results.

  2. Big Al

    There is an old woolen mill at “Upper Canada Village”, where one can see the actual frames with the teasel heads, I don’t know if they still run the mill for visitors. “Teasel”, seems to be related to “Thistle”. By the sound.

  3. Olena

    Back in the 60’s we used to make big hair by ‘teasing’ it with a comb. Perhaps if we’d had a teasel we could have got up an hour later those dark wintry mornings.

  4. Angelika

    I recently found out that high quality woolen plaids manufactured in Frisia in Northern Germany are still treated with heads of dipsacus sativus. A weaver and fuller in Ramsau, Austria does the same. Dipsacus sativus was grown in the Mühlviertel part of Austria well into the 1970s.
    In the museum village of Düppel in Berlin dipsacus sativus has been grown for a project of experimental archaeology in recent years.

  5. lili

    The seeds of dispsacus sativus are doing well!! I was able to purchase some this year in France from Biau Germe 🙂 I love sylvestris which is everywhere here in the Gers. Will plant my garden variety in autumn and share the bountiful seeds with others>
    nettle blessings

  6. Jutta K. Morsing

    When visiting a museum of the old town of Ebeltoft in eastern Jutland (Denmark) I found Dipsacus sativus in a machine doing the softening of woolen cloth. I was very amazed, as a friend had told med, she thought Dipsacus sativus might be too fragile to do the work. So this was the evidence I needed to convince her of the opposite.

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