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Teasel, Dispacus fullonum, makes a fine, architectural garden plant. Tight, prickly rosettes yield tall stems of spiny purple flowerheads in summer. It's perfect for growing at the back of a sunny border, in cottage garden schemes and also at the pond edge. The flowers are extremely attractive to bees and butterflies, and the foliage is a magnet for aphids, which in turn attract ladybirds. If left to seed, the brown seedheads are a magnet for goldfinches, but also work well in dried flower arrangements.
Grow Dispacus fullonum in moist or moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Biennial, sow seed in summer to encourage flowering the following year. It self-seeds readily.
Plant type: Biennial
Flower colour: Mixed
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Flowers
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: April to May
I planted teasels this year but they grew so tall that they needed a lot of staking. Haven't noticed any birds around them either. Can they be dug up and transplanted ?
Teasel are excellent for bees. But they are big plants, and best in larger gardens. In answer to daffodilly's query - yes, the small plants are very easy to transplant. They have tap roots (like carrots) so you need to lift small plants using a trowel pushing it deeply into the ground, being careful not to snap the tap root.
I've sown teasel seeds and have loads of young plants. Will it be next year before they produce their flower? I have a patch of ground beside the bungalow which I'm trying to make into a wild flower garden/bee/butterfly friendly area. Should I be careful about how many of these plants I put in. Will they "take over"?
They seem easy to grow and I'll have a go.
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