Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) HB/BB
A stately plant growing to a height of 6ft, the teasel will bring dramatic architectural design to a border or for that matter any sunny planting scheme. It is a biennial plant forming in the first year a large rosette of bristly leaves. In the following year, a thick spiny stem shoots up bearing a spiky round flowerhead of mauve-pink flowers, much beloved by bees. The flowerheads remain to bear the seeds which provide an autumn feast for the birds. The seedheads can then be cut for indoor decoration – a very useful plant! Prefers a sunny spot in soil that does not dry out completely. Will self-seed.