What is this prickly plant?

steve22802(7a VA)April 16, 2009

Does anyone know the name of this prickly plant? Seems like it might make an interesting addition to a bouquet. It grows wild along the highways here in Virginia.

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flowers4u(z6 OR)

Steve - I don't know its formal name, but its Teasel (sp?)
I use it in fall arrangements and actually spray paint it with floral spray for Christmas decorations! It lasts forever...have some in a box that is over 4 years old!

Use gloves though...and its pretty when its green, but never have cut it in that stage.


    Bookmark   April 16, 2009 at 5:55PM
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Wendy~What brand of floral spray do you use? I'm assuming gold. Or?? Sounds interesting, what else do you put with it?

Is it blooming now in Virginia, Steve? It looks scarey.

One to try with frilly ladies mantle! :)

    Bookmark   April 16, 2009 at 8:12PM
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steve22802(7a VA)

Thanks Wendy. I've failed twice to grow Sea Holly maybe I should try to grow this instead since it grows on it's own around here.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2009 at 8:15PM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

Wow, very interesting - but look at those thorns! I don't know if it would be worth it to use. I have enough problems dealing with cleome, lol.


    Bookmark   April 17, 2009 at 1:46PM
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jansblooms(z4 IA)

In some states, teasel is considered a noxious weed. If I were to use it in a flower show competition, my entry containing teasel would disqualified, and probably not allowed for exhibition. I'd suggest checking on its status before planting it. (It does have very interesting texture, and I bet it would be a great contrast with frilly or velvety plants.)

    Bookmark   April 17, 2009 at 9:52PM
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busylizzy(z5 PA)

I have seen teasel spryed gold or silver in competitons for dreid arrangements.
Florists will mix them in arrangements with lotus pods etc.
Never know about a noxious weed, lol, Queen Annes is a weed here but common in many floral arrangements. When I order from florists for work I tell them no weeds like Queen Annes lace, not paying for weeds

    Bookmark   April 18, 2009 at 8:51AM
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Please dont TRY to grow this plant. It is certainly a noxious weed here. If it is growing in the areas beside your freeway/highway, it will get into your garden and be everywhere. It has very sharp barbs on the backs of the leaves that kids and anyone else can get caught up on. Great for fall arrangements, nasty the rest of the time. As you probably guessed, I have it here, BY THE ACRE load. Kat

    Bookmark   April 19, 2009 at 10:36AM
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steve22802(7a VA)

Thanks for the warning kitkat, I won't try to grow it. I'll limit myself to using what I can just gather from the roadside. Do you have a recommendation for something with similar texture? As I mentioned above my attempts to grow Sea Holly have led to dismal failure. :( I assume they hate my clay soil. Maybe I should try one more time with specially ammended soil...what is that they really want to grow in?

Prairiegirlz5, it's not blooming now, it blooms in late summer I think, but there are prickly dried seed heads still standing now. At least until the road crews start bushhogging alongside the highways.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2009 at 9:30PM
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