TEASEL Dispacus fullonum

TEASEL Dispacus fullonum

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Dipsacus is a tall herbaceous biennial plants (rarely short-lived perennial plants) growing to 1–2.5 m (3.3–8.2 ft) tall. Dipsacus species are native to Europe, Asia and northern Africa. Teasels are sometimes grown as ornamental plants, and the dried heads are used in floristry.

Teasels are easily identified with their prickly stem and leaves, and the inflorescence of purple, dark pink, lavender or white flowers that form a head on the end of the stem(s). The first flowers begin opening in a belt around the middle of the spherical or oval flowerhead, and then open sequentially toward the top and bottom, forming two narrow belts as the flowering progresses. The dried head persists afterwards, with the small (4–6 mm (0.16–0.24 in) seeds maturing in mid autumn.

Type: Hardy biennial or perennial

Hardiness zones: 5 and up

Height: Up to 6 feet tall

Location: Sun or part sun

Seeds per pack: 20

Germination: Sow in location, in very early spring (frost is beneficial), on raked ground that is free of weeds. Keep the soil continually moist until germination.

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