Very Swish Teasel

Returning home from my Central Otago birthday visit, we were intrigued to find teasels growing wild. Initially I saw a few at Earnscleugh and then Nigel spotted a patch near the highway on our way to Fruitlands. He pulled over and took photos.

Fruitlands, Central Otago, New Zealand. 31 October 2019.

Swish teasel, cropped from a vertical shot.

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Anybody else think the rock looks like a happy frog perched on the ridge? …


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Here’s the full-size photo that I cropped the top image from:


Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2019)

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  1. I really like teasel, both when it’s in bloom, and afterward. It has wonderful textures, and coming across an entire agglomeration in the midst of winter is very attractive. I’m afraid they are invasive species, though (at least here), and they edge out native plants. 😦

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    1. I’ve just read it’s now in drier parts of both N and S Islands… I can’t remember having seen it wild before, I’ve only seen it in the herb garden of the Dunedin Botanic Garden.

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    1. Until seeing these I had no idea teasels grow wild in NZ, they look like they could be a serious nuisance! Thanks for confirming the frog resemblance.


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