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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.
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"?
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