a tease of teasels

I first saw them on a friend’s blog post, or maybe even their avatar, and thought they were fascinating…

…and then I happened to see them along the road when traveling north from my then home in Salt Lake City…

…and as seems to be a habit (?) of mine, I drove past them numerous times without ever stopping to make images of them mine for further consideration, etc.,…

…but I did finally stop on my most recent trip back south from Idaho, traveling through Davis County on the east side of the Great Salt Lake…

…and found them where they have been described to be…“along roadways and waterways, and in meadows, grasslands, forest openings, and disturbed sites.” 

I happen to think they are fascinating in structure and appearance, although I have never seen them in full bloom, so I am likely missing a further treasure.

The above link is for an exotic species website, and this link is for an invasive plant site.

And if that’s not enough, here’s one from Wikipedia…not exactly a scholarly source, but a fair-enough place for a first glance at things.

That’s all I’ve got with this one…found along the I-15 highway in northern Utah…a tease of teasels….

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11 responses

  1. Liana

    . . . such a teasel 😉

    September 7, 2019 at 9:49 am

    • Yes, Liana….such a teasel. 😉

      September 8, 2019 at 7:09 am

  2. Nice photos . . . they look familiar but I can’t remember where I used to see them.

    . . . but now I know of at least one place.

    September 7, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    • Thank you, Emilio…did you not have them in Michigan…or now in Illinois?

      September 8, 2019 at 7:10 am

    • I think I saw them in Colorado in one of the state parks we visited. I could be mistaken. I don’t specifically remember seeing them in Michigan and I know I’ve not seen them here (yet).

      September 8, 2019 at 9:38 pm

  3. They’re fun, aren’t they? Such an imposing presence in the fields. We have them up here – with lavender blossoms usually in a narrow ring around the head. A strange flower head! The bees seem to love them. Yours look happy and full of life. 🙂

    September 7, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    • Yes, they are quite fun, Lynn…and so very strangely unique, too. 🙂

      September 8, 2019 at 7:11 am

  4. I’ve loved teasels for years – used to see them on various walks around our village lining the edges of crop fields. Always thought it would be great to have a couple in the garden and then last year a group of them appeared in this new place. This year we had about two dozen in a flower bed and they were magnificent – around 8 feet tall! I have cut down most of them before they went to seed as I have a feeling they would take over the garden if left.

    September 8, 2019 at 4:45 am

    • How nice that they came to visit your garden, Meanderer. And yes, they will probably take over the place if left unchecked…in all of their magnificence!

      September 8, 2019 at 7:13 am

  5. Oddly enough, I’ve seen Teasels often as I’ve moved about the country, though I couldn’t remember particular locations. Also, I’m not sure I’d recognize it in any state other than the one you’ve posted here. They certainly are intriguing. And fun.

    September 8, 2019 at 9:19 pm

  6. I love these photos. It brings me back to my childhood, although I never appreciated them back then. Fascinating and beatiful.

    September 21, 2019 at 10:40 am

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