Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Closeup Teasel

Digital cameras often have problems imaging all of the fine points of prickly plants. Not so with this roadside teasel that I stopped to photograph along M-25 near Lake Huron recently.

The gracefulness of the plant, as well as it's porcupine like needle structure, is eminently obvious in this close up view. The teasel is considered an invasive species. Plants grow to be as tall as six feet and will take over an area where otherwise native plants would grow.

Here's a link to a Wisconsin website that explains more about the teasel. I got interested in them when I searched for some last fall to send to a relative who used the dried heads in floral crafting. And HERE is another link that outlines the threat of teasel as an invasive in the Midwest.

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