Dipsacus fullonum / Common Teasel / Seeds

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Dipsacus fullonum / Common Teasel / Seeds

Teasel is a good plant for informal borders and for growing as cut flowers.  Each plant grows a rosette of leaves in the first year and then flower spikes up to 2m tall the following summer, from June to August.  The flowers mature from white to purple and look good in the garden over the winter, as a source of seed for birds, and as dried flowers.  Also a traditional medicinal plant. 

Teasel grows best in full sun to part shade and moist soils, including clay. Plants self-seed in the right conditions. 

Pack of 1g (approx 650) seeds.  Sow indoors in spring to summer into a tray of compost or preferably outdoors directly into the ground in spring or autumn.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet. 

Seeds are grown in Cornwall, UK.


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Hardiness Hardy biennial (RHS Hardines H7)
Flowers June to August
Height Up to 2m
Spread 30 - 40cm
Conditions  Full sun to part shade and richer moist soils, including clay

Sow in spring and early summer indoors into a tray or modules of compost.  Cover lightly with compost.  Keep at 15 - 20C and seeds germinate in 1-3 months and can be slow and erratic.  Transplant seedlings to pots when big enough to handle and then out into the garden in late summer.  Or sow the seeds outdoors in spring or autumn directly into cultivated ground. 

Grow Plants grow a rosette of flowers in the first season, flower in the second season, and die after flowering.  Clear away plants once they have finished flowering in the autumn or spring.  Flowers can be cut and dried for flower arrangements.  Plants self-seed in the right conditions.  Remove the flower heads immediately after flowering to prevent self-seeding if necessary.