Dipsacus are hardy biannuals that grow from 90 to 180 cm (3 to 6 feet) in height.
They are thistle like in nature, with prickly leaves, and similar flowers of white, pink or purple. These come into bloom in the summer.
Dipsacus fullonum by Nuuuuuuuuuuul.
One of the most common names for Dipsacus is the Teasel.
Teasel by Matt Lavin.
Dipsacus fullonum Syn. with Dipsacus Sylvestris (Wild teasel / Common teasel / Fuller's teasel), photograph by Andreas Rockstein; CC.
Dipsacus laciniatus (Cut-leaved Teasel), picture by Kevin Kenny; CC.
Dipsacus pilosus (Small teasel), Image by Donald Hobern; CC.
If you plan to grow Teasel, then seeds should be planted outdoors at a depth of 7 mm (1/3 rd inch) at the beginning of the summer.
They can grow in both shady and sunny conditions. Dipsacus plants have a preference for moist soil. It should take about one to three weeks for thgem to germinate.
It is important to control Teasel (Dipsacus) once it has become established in the garden.
As soon as it has finished flowering, cut the flowers off before the seeds have a chance to ripen, otherwise it may take over the garden.
There are currently about 15 to 20 species in the Dipsacus genus.
Yes, some Dipsacus species, like Teasel, are grown for their distinctive spiky flower heads, although they can be quite invasive.
The most popular Dipsacus species among gardeners is the Fullers Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum).
No, Dipsacus species are not known for their fragrance.
Dipsacus plants thrive in full sun to partial shade and in well-drained soil.
Yes, Dipsacus, specifically the Teasel species, is considered invasive in many parts of the USA, including the Midwest.
Remove Dipsacus by digging up the plant, ensuring to remove the entire root system to prevent regrowth.
The Dipsacus genus, commonly referred to as Teasel, contains about 15 species of flowering plants native to Europe, Asia, and northern Africa. These biennials or short-lived perennials are known for their prickly leaves and stem, and large, spiky flower heads that are attractive to wildlife.
Dipsacus plants prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. They can be grown from seeds sown in late spring or early summer. Given their height and distinctive appearance, Teasel plants make an interesting focal point in wildlife-friendly gardens. Do note, some species, like Dipsacus fullonum, are considered invasive in parts of North America.