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common name: Fuller's teasel
synonyms: Dipsacus sylvestris
growth rate: fast
growth habit: erect
leaf colour: green
flower colour: mauve
main season: Summer
dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 6 to 10
The well known wild teasel, a common robust hardy biennial native to Northern Europe, but sometimes grown in gardens for the decorative flower and seed heads. Prickly leaves in fused pairs on tall erect stems. Egg-shaped heads of small pale-purple flowers, later forming persistent seed-heads.
Will grow in almost any soil, in a sunny position.
From seed which is best sown directly to the positions where the plants are to grown. The best time to sow is late summer or early autumn. May self seed freely.
Wildflower areas, informal borders, cottage gardens.
The seed heads have an architectural effect in autumn and winter.
British native wildflower.