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Dipsacus fullonum


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Plant type


Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Flowers



Skill level


Dipsacus fullonum
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Plant details

One of Chris Baines' 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 following year. Beware that once they are established them will self-seed freely.

Family: Dipsaceae

Genus: Dipsacus

Species: fullonum

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 180cm

Spread: 80cm

Time to plant seeds: April to May

Reader reviews


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 ?

Lyon Greene

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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