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I have 4 plants that have know grown over 6ft, They are heavily thorned on the stem and leaf, ladybirds love them they seem to find protection. I have know idea where they have come from. I hope you can help me Patricia

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Hi Patricia,

These are Common Teasels (Dipsacus fullonum) the seeds of which are much beloved by birds, particularly Goldfinches, who spread them around all over the place - which is how they would have arrived in your garden!

4 Jul, 2010


Thanks for such a speedly reply, I was begining to think I would soon be seeing a giant climbing down! Patricia

4 Jul, 2010

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