Hugely tall, the brown, oval, spiky seed heads of the Teasel are beloved by florists! Dry and any the last indefinitely, I’ve had some in a vase for 3 years now.
Fabulous for Christmas Wreaths, Spray them Silver and Gold for Natural decorations.
Teasels add much needed height and drama to the garden or allotment, they flower between July and August attracting Bee’s to their tiny, tightly clustered green and purple flowers before birds feast upon the seeds in Autumn.
Teasels are robust biennials so they need to be sown in late spring where they are to flower the following year. Beware that once established they will self-seed freely.
The plant and seed heads persist into winter, providing a bit of structural interest in a wildlife area when other plants have died back.
How to grow:
Happy in both sun or shade sow direct sow in spring into a well-prepared bed and when the seedlings start to appear, thin to 30cm intervals. Alternatively, start them off in trays and harden off before planting out. Do not exclude light as this helps germination. Keep well watered. For more detailed growing instructions join our ‘Grow Along’ on Instagram
Variety: Dipsacus fullonum
Type: Hardy Biennial
Position: Full Sun / Part Shade
Germination: Up to 30 days
Harvest: July onwards
Seeds per packet: 150