Indian Teasel or Teasel seeds - Dipsacus sativus bees, birds and hummingbirds love the flowers

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Teasel (Dipsacus Sativus) - Growing Teasel from flower seeds is easy to do, and it is a very dramatic plant to have in the back border as it can reach a height of 72 inches. Sometimes called Indian Teasel or Fuller's Teasel, it has comb-like flower heads that were used in the wool industry to bring up the nap in woolen cloth. Dipsacus Sativus Fuller's Teasel is also known as an excellent cut flower for drying. It is widely used in floral arrangements and crafts.

Teasel plants will perform well in sunny areas with well-drained soil. Once established they need very little care and are fairly drought tolerant. Deer do not bother the Fuller's Teasel plant. The Teasel flowers are very popular with bees, birds and hummingbirds who love the flowers and seeds. Teasels are considered a biennial. The first year they will not produce a bloom, but the second year, tall spikes will form with flower heads that are 4 inches, cylindrical-shaped and made up of a mass of tiny flowers. The flowers are usually a lavender color and bloom in a band from the bottom of the flower head to the top, lasting about a month. To keep a patch of Teasel plants in the garden, let a few of the flower heads go to seed. The Teasel flower seeds will drop and self-sow.

How To Grow Teasel From Seed: The Teasel seeds can be directly sown in the ground in early spring or started indoors. Prepare a seedbed by weeding and loosening the top several inches of soil. Sow the Fuller's Teasel seeds and lightly cover the seeds with soil. Keep moist until germination. Thin the Teasel seedlings to 12 inches apart.Flower Specifications
Season: Biennial

USDA Zones: 3 - 8

Height: 72 inches

Bloom Season: Mid summer to early fall

Bloom Color: Lilac

Environment: Full sun

Soil Type: Dry, well-drained soil, pH 5.9 - 7.5

Deer Resistant: Yes

Planting Directions
Temperature: 65F

Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: Cover seed 1/8 inch with topsoil

Sowing Rate: 3 - 4 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 12 inches

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