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Can someone please identify the plant in the pictures attached. It has huge (9 inch approx), primrose like leaves with two rows of spines down them as can be seen in the close-up. Its a mystery to me as it has appeared in my garden and I'm sure I didn't plant it! Any help would be greatly appreciated because my wife wants to pull it up and throw it away but I quite like it. I havn't seen a flower.

Thank you

Chris Cuss

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This is a teasel, Dipsacus.

20 Apr, 2010


Let one flower and you get millions. However, gold finches love the seed heads.

20 Apr, 2010


Brilliant, thank you. Looks like my wife may get her way.

Thanks again,


20 Apr, 2010


Are there thorns on the leaves?

20 Apr, 2010


Yes it is def a teasel. I have a friend who only grows these in her borders as she loves the birds so much.

20 Apr, 2010


definately a teasel be warned tho it self seeds

21 Apr, 2010


Yes, hoe them out when they are little and just leave one or two.

21 Apr, 2010


yes Great they do have spines. They were used to 'card' fabrics in the medevial days. Dont know if they gave their name to 'teasing out' or if teasing out gave its name to the plant :o)

21 Apr, 2010

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