Teasel, sometimes called Indian Teasel or Fullers Teasel, is a biennial plant in the thistle family. Its a dramatic plant to place in the back of the border because of its structural architecture and its 6- 7 ft height. In the beginning of summer, during the second year of growth, the branched, thorny shoots will produce elongated, comb-like flower heads that grow to 5 inches in height. The flowers are lavender in color and bloom in a band from the bottom of the flower head to the top, lasting about a month. If left to be seeds will sow themselves for next year.
Teasel plants perform well in sunny areas with well-drained soil. Once established they need very little care and are fairly drought tolerant. The Teasel flowers are very popular with bees, birds and hummingbirds who love the flowers and seeds. Deer choose to leave them alone.
Teasel makes an excellent cut flower for drying. It is often cultivated for dried flower arrangements and crafts.
Height: 6-7 ft
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