Teasel

Here’s a composite of two photos of wild teasel I took on my recent trip to Indiana.

These prickly weeds are also known as Dipsacus which means “thirst for water.”  This refers to the fact that a cup-like formation of leaves forms at the bottom of the plant which allows rain water to accumulate.  The water keeps sap-sucking insects from getting any farther up the plant that the stem.  Interesting huh?

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