Mar2013 157 Dipsacus fullonum syn Sylvestris - Teasel
In the past teasels were used in the textile industry for cleaning up and combing the fabrics especially wool. The seeds of the teasel are carried in the little pockets you see on the photo, lots of them, by now they will have fallen out but in uk they grow easily from seed, often in the wild. I like to grow one or two for the wild life, butterflies, bees and birds especially goldfinches love them. They are a biennial so they flower in the 2nd year and die after that.
Some of the above is my answer to Ursula's (Auguste's) question.
I wish you all well in whatever way is most appropriate for you but cannot take on the extra work of writing it to you individually. Thank you for your good wishes and to those who have made me their contact. Due to poor health, eye problems and low energy I regret I can't take on any new contacts but nearly always manage to reply to your comments. Please no more than 1 invite