Dipsacus fullonum

Dipsacus fullonum

Teasel

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Dipsacus fullonum
  • Common name: Teasel
  • Plant type: Biennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 1.8m

Spread: 80cm

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive seed-heads, Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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Dipsacus fullonum

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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle, Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Succeeds on poor soil, Low maintenance
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat, Seeds for birds, Caterpillar food plant

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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