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Goat's Beard

Tragopogon pratensis

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Yellow dandelion-type flower, opening in the morning and when sunny, up to 3cm. Pointed bracts much longer than florets.
Fruit:
A head of white seeds, similar-looking to dandelion but larger.
Leaves:
Alternate, stalkless and linear leaves, tapering to a sharp point. Parallel veins.
Maximum Size:
75cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves, roots and stems are all edible, raw or cooked.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon, Meadow Goat's-beard, Meadow Salsify, Oyster Plant, Shepherd's Clock, Showy Goat's-beard, Yellow Goat's-beard.
Habitats:
Grassland, meadows, roadsides, sand dunes, wasteland.