Common Name: Goat's Beard
Scientific Name: Tragopogon dubius / pratensis
Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
Other Common Names: Meadow Salsify, Johnny-go-to-bed-at-noon, Joseph's flower
Flower Color: Yellow
Habitat: Fields, Roadsides, and Disturbed areas
General Bloom Dates: June - Oct
There are two different species referred to as yellow goat's beard. They are nearly identical except for a swelling in the stem just beneath the flower head. Tragopogon dubious has the swelling and Tragopogon pratensis lacks it. They both have 1'-3' tall stems with long (up to 1') grass-like, lanceolate shaped leaves that clasp the stem and one lone yellow flower head about 1"-2 1/2" wide surrounded by long, pointed, green bracts. The flower opens in the morning and closes in midday, usually by noon. When the flower goes to seed it resembles a giant dandelion with its large dome of delicate, fluffy seeds.
Named Joseph's beard because Joseph (the Virgin Mary's husband) is portrayed as having a large white beard in pictures and recreations of the Nativity.
Modern Uses of this Plant:
Just like its smaller relative the dandelion its long taproots can be dug up, ground, roasted, and used as a coffee substitute.
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Yellow goats beard
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