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Dipsacus fullonum

Teasel

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Dipsacus fullonum
  • Common name: Teasel
  • Family: Dipsaceae
  • Plant Type: Biennial, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Purple

Foliage colour:

Green

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.

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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.

How to grow Dipsacus fullonum

  • Plant size

    1.8m height

    80cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle, back

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do not Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Dipsacus fullonum and wildlife

Dipsacus fullonum is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, birds, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It is a caterpilar food plant, has nectar/pollen rich flowers, provides shelter and habitat and has seeds for birds.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Dipsacus fullonum poisonous?

Dipsacus fullonum has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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