2 thoughts on “Snowy Teasels

  1. The word “teasel” always makes me smile. I think it’s because it reminds me of “tease.” I wondered if we have them, and indeed we do. They don’t have a very good reputation, though. I found this in one article about Texas teasels and their invasive nature:

    “It was introduced to the United States in the 1800s because the dried flowers were used in wool production by teasing the wool apart. By 1913 it had settled in many northeastern states alongside rights-of-ways and pastures. It was reported in Kansas in 1945, Tennessee in 1956, and Wyoming by 1980. It is now present in 43 states.”

    That use for the dried flowers really is interesting. How plants get their names can be so surprising.

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