Dipsacus inermis Himalayan Teasel
25 seeds per packet. A perennial species that is native to the Himalayas. Produces divided foliage and tall, scabious-like, beautifully fragrant, creamy white flowers with black stamens, held on erect stems, that bees and butterflies adore. Flowering late August into October. Height 2 m. Sun to light shade in deep, rich, moist but well-drained soil.
Sow from March to June. Cover seed thinly, press in gently and keep top of compost from drying out. Keep pot warm at 15 to 20°C until germination, then move to somewhere cooler.
Carefully prick out seedlings when they have developed true leaves and are large enough to transplant to individual pots to grow on.