What is that plant? No. 2

  • Posted on: 12 October 2014
  • By: Maria Novelly

This plant, gracing along the path leading from Peel Moat Road just before the middle circular flower bed, is known as Fuller's Teasel, Wild Teasel or simply as Teasel. Its latin name is Dipsacus fullonum or Dipsacus sylvestris. Orginating in North Africa and Eurasia, it is considered a weed in some areas where it has been introduced.

With a lifespan of a about 2 years, it can grow to over 2.5 metres (8 feet) tall. Once its lavender flowers fade, the plant sports distinctive spikey seed cones, which are reported to be popular with goldfinches.

Its latin name Dipsacus, comes from the Greek word for thirst dipsa (as in dipsomaniac) and refers to the cup-like juncture between the leaves just under the flowers and the spiney stems where rain water could collect.