TEASEL – A BIRD FEEDER IN A PLANT! HERBAL MEDICINAL EDIBLE 2 METRE TALL FLOWERS AND SEED HEADS! DIPSACUS FULLONUM $1.50

Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) is a distinctive biennial plant native to Europe, brought to North America where it thrives. Notably, each teasel plant produces around 3300 seeds, a treat for birds, making it a self-fertile species renowned for attracting wildlife.

In its second year, teasel blooms uniquely. Flowers initially form in a ring around the middle of the head, gradually widening over a few days. However, since the flowers are short-lived, the center of the blooming section may wither, leaving two rings—one growing upwards and one downwards. Long, leaf-like bracts extend from the base of the flower, curving upward around the head. Teasel boasts a thick taproot and fibrous secondary roots.

The egg-shaped flower heads are squared off at the base, with the entire flower head (peduncle) reaching 50 to 100 centimeters in height, consisting of tiny individual flowers measuring 10 to 15 mm long.

In its first year, teasel displays shiny, green rosette leaves with scalloped edges, stout hairs on the upper surface, and attaches to the stem via a leaf stalk (petiole). Second-year leaves on the flowering stem resemble rosette leaves but are smaller, oppositely arranged with two leaves per node, and feature short spines on the underside of the midrib. These leaves fuse around the stem, forming a saucer-like shape that collects rainwater.

Teasel remains low until its second year, when flowering stems emerge erect and branch near the upper portion. These stems feature angled profiles with numerous small downward-pointing prickles. Teasel can reach heights of 60 cm to 2.5 meters in its second year.

Widespread, common teasel thrives in pastures, abandoned fields, roadsides, and waste areas.

While young leaves are edible, caution is advised due to their spiny, stout hairs. Teasel leaves can be eaten raw, cooked, or blended into smoothies. The root is also useful, whether brewed into tea or used in making vinegar or tinctures, offering health benefits like inulin and a scabicidal property.

 

Grow Notes
Prefers full sun in damp, coarse and fertile soils.

Sow
Sow direct in late Spring or early Summer at 6mm depth.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Germination
7-30 days at 16-25°C

Maturity
In the first year the plant only produces a rosette of leaves. The second year it can grow to almost 2.5 metres and has a unique flower head.

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