Many wild flowers are valued for their colour or scent, but it is the striking architectural character of teasel that initially captures interest. The plant, which can be up to two metres high, usually dominates the landscape where it is found. Teasel grows from seed in the first year to produce a ring of leaves close to the ground. If conditions are good, the flowering stalks seen in the image above are observed in the second year. After flowering, the plant dies, and the resulting brown stalks and heads may stand for several years before succumbing to gravity.
In early summer, the egg-shaped heads (inflorescences) have a sculptural quality, with the spiny stem supporting a ring of stiff, prickly bracts. The head, with its sharp bristles, is also very prickly. It definitely helps to wear gloves when cutting or handling teasel!
Taken in local fields with an Olympus E520 DSLR
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