http://www.botanicalaccuracy.com/2014/01/teasels-tousled-with-thistles.html wrote:So, can you tell teasels and thistles apart? Thistles have many (involucral) bracts below the flower head that form a cup below the flowers. In teasels, there are just a few long bracts that stick out below the flower head. The teasels have lots of sharp parts in the actual flower head, so the flower head looks like a spiny ball the whole season. In thistles, the bracts below the flower stays, but there are no persistent spiny parts inside among the flowers themselves. The fruits, which are little nut-like, single-seeded achenes have a feathery pappus for wind-dispersal in thistles, but are naked in teasels.
Campbell Ritchie wrote:Welcome to the Ranch
How long do the flowers keep after cutting? The dried heads also make good cut “flowers”, which keep almost forever, but they should have navigation lights round them in case you blunder into the plant in the dark.
I haven't seen a goldfinch for weeks, but in January they appear in little flocks (about six or eight) (beautiful little birds) once daily, and pick seeds out of plants, the teasel apparently being their favourite. Have you ever seen vivipary in teasel?
I never knew you could eat/drink teasel. How do you make the tea? What does it taste like? Do you have the same plant as us? Round here the teasel is a biennial, so there is only a first year anything.
The blue/lilac flowers? I shall have to try covering a few heads with bags to stop pollinators and see how long I can keep them for. Yes, the heads were used for carding/teasing wool, and I always thought that was the origin of the plant's name. Yes, my 1978 edition COD thinks that is the reason, too. It also suggests teazel and teazle as alternative spellings.
ray bunbury wrote:. . . flowers keep 5+ years . . .