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Teasel (Dipsacus Fullonum)



Favourite wildflowers, teasels make fine, architectural plants in the garden. Spiny flower-heads rise out of the prickly rosette of leaves in summer. These are covered in pinkish purple or white flowers in mid- to late summer. They then dry to an attractive shade of brown and make fine dried flowers for arrangements. Teseals are biennials so they need to be sown in late spring where they are to flower the next year. Beware that once they are established them will self-seed freely. Succeeds in most soils but prefers clay. Prefers a deep rich soil. Requires a sunny position. A good butterfly plant. This is the true wild species of teasel, its bracts are too flexible to be used for combing cloth. The flowering heads are much prized by flower arrangers because they keep their colour almost indefinitely when dried.

Genus - Dipsacus Species - Fullonum Common name - Teasel Pre-Treatment - Not-required Plant type - Biennial flower Hardiness zones - 4 - 8 Exposure - Full sun, Partial shade Height - 1,50 m Spread - 0,60 m Growth rate - Medium Bloom season - June - September Leaf / Flower color - Green / Pinkish purple or white

Soil PH - Acidic, Chalky/alkaline Soil type - Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy Water requirements - Average, high Landscape uses - Woodland Garden Sunny Edge, meadow, cultivated Beds

GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS : Sow indoors from January to April 5 mm deep in a tray of compost. Water well and place in a cold frame, unheated greenhouse, or on a warm kitchen windowsill. Keep moist. Germination may be erratic, so prick out seedlings individually as they develop. Further germination may be prompted by covering with plastic and leaving outside to chill for 2-3 weeks, after which you should bring into the warmth at approx. +15C. Transplant individually, when large enough to handle, to 8 cm pots. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions, before planting out into well-drained soil, August-October, 45 cm apart. Once established, they can self-seed. Flowers next year!
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