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What is this?


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


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,859

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

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,458

    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.  


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