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!

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  • naturelover
    natureloverover 1 year ago

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 1 year ago

  • Albert
    Albertover 1 year ago

    Very good work.

  • You are so kind Albert,thank you very much x

    – naturelover

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartover 1 year ago

    Splendid work!!

  • Really happy you like it Thea, thanks loads x

    – naturelover

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 1 year ago

    Perfect shot to bring out its nature! What kind of thistle is this? It looks rather like a teasle. (?) x

  • Thanks for the guidance Bette, was not sure but am now, Teasles they are. glad you like it x

    – naturelover

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 1 year ago

    lovely image

  • Thank you so much Tina x

    – naturelover

  • Karen E Camilleri
    Karen E Camilleriover 1 year ago

    lovely work !!

  • You are so kind Karen thanks heaps x

    – naturelover

  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012over 1 year ago

    Beautiful detail colour tone and dof Pauline!
    Love Colleen2012

  • So pleased you like it Colleen thank you x

    – naturelover

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonover 1 year ago

    Excellent capture, Pauline! Great detail and DOF!

  • Thanks for the lovely comment Lynn x

    – naturelover

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 1 year ago

    Beautiful,,,great detail and nice and crisp!

  • Happy you like it Dorothy ,thanks so much x

    – naturelover

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