by Carl Strang
When it comes to winter botany, some plants essentially vanish, others can be difficult to connect to their growing-season form, but then there are what I call cognates, the species that are so unchanged from their summer shape that we have no trouble recognizing them. Cut-leaved teasel is one of these.
The stems retain their spines in winter, and the leaves show their divided form.
Not huggable indeed, and one of our most undesirable invasive plants.