Did You Know that Teasel Serves as a Solitary Sentry During Winter?

Teasel Wildflowers at Raccoon Creek State Park

Correct. You don’t see any butterflies in this photograph. What you do see is a wildflower that nurtures butterflies across most of the continental United States.

This ‘weedy’ plant is now in bloom here in Pennsylvania and its siren scent draws many, many species of butterflies to its tiny pinkish flowers.

I’ve always been fascinated by why some perfectly attractive species of wildflowers draw few if any butterflies, bees and flies. By comparison other gnarly-looking wildflowers are packed with hungry fliers!

Dipsacus fullonum is not that easy on the eye, I think. It’s nectar must be hard to resist, though. From 8:30 in the morning and for the next 2 hours, teasel is heavily visited.

It’s not native to this continent, but it sure has made itself at home here, growing along roadsides and in fields.

Teasel serves as a solitary sentry during winter, prickly stem with dried flowerhead enduring the severest of frozen winter wind.

So teasel nourishes our winged beauties across there U.S….and is here to stay. Teasel.


3 thoughts on “Did You Know that Teasel Serves as a Solitary Sentry During Winter?

  1. Jeffrey – I was at Home Depot today looking for flowers for my porch. What did I see but a gorgeous swallowtail butterfly with yellow and black markings flitting from yellow flower to yellow flower on their display rack. An incongruous combination: rampant commerce and wildlife. Thought of you, of course.


    • Luise, That’s one of the infinite rewards of having butterflies with us…they introduce themselves w/o notice and … add zip to whatever it is we were doing. What did you end up getting for your porch? Jeffrey


  2. Thanks. I try to only plant native species in my butterfly gardens, but for this, I might make an exception.


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