What is this?

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these leaves are appearing at fairly regular intervals In my borders. I'm hoping it's a type of thistle but wandered if anyone could identify it before I assume it's a weed. 

The leaves are up to 9" long with conical spikes over the surface  

Many thanks, K

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,595

    Teasels. Next year they send up the flowering spike. Bees love them. Goldfinches eat the seeds.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • B3B3 Posts: 5,590

    It'sa  teasel . It will get bid so dig it out if it's in a bad place. 

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • thanks, that's perfect.

    I did plant some teasel seeds, along with other types, but have had terrible luck sowing seed so wasn't sure it was just a weed.  

    K

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