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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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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.

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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