Teasel

3,00

I love the teasels all year round. With their tall spikes of purple spiky flower heads in the summer they’re a great addition to any wild flower planting.  The bees, butterflies, moths and insects all love the flowers and will be seen moving methodically around the equator of them having a good old feed!  I didn’t realise too that they have a wonderful scent.

Roughly 100 seeds

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I love the teasels all year round. With their tall spikes of purple spiky flower heads in the summer they’re a great addition to any wild flower planting. The bees, butterflies, moths and insects of all sorts love the flowers and will be seen moving methodically around the equator of them having a good old feed!  I didn’t realise too that they have a wonderful scent until I had some growing under my nose in the forest garden.  Then when the party is over and the nectar has been taken, the sculptural seed heads turn brown and the tiny seeds within are super food for any number of finches.  If you can, and the wind doesn't blow them down, then just leave them be and you’ll see birds enjoying the seeds right through the hungry gap til the following spring. I know they are a bit liberal with their self seeding but if you really hate where they’ve decided to re plant themselves you can just remove them and either replant somewhere else or recycle them.   Once you get some going they are not going to leave you easily.

We have only really spread the seed directly on the soil where we have wanted them to go in the spring or autumn so that they grow through a low rosette form and then throw up their flower the following year. They are an annual plant but you can collect the seed easily by waiting til they are ready and pick a nice dry day and put a paper bag over the head and tip it down and shake..tiny little lozenges will fall from the heads and you’re good to go.  I think too that you could treat them like the foxglove seed and sow onto a seed tray and prick out and bring on what you wanted for planting out.  Whichever way you did it I think you’ll be happy that you did.