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By CarolG  
Tragopogon, also known as salsify, goats beard or oyster plant, is a genus of flowering plants in the sunflower family Asteraceae that has over 140 species, including the vegetable known as salsify, as well as a number of common wild flowers, some of which are usually regarded as weeds. The root, and sometimes the young shoots, are used as a vegetable, and historically the plant was cultivated for that purpose. The root is noted for tasting of oysters, from which the plant derives its alternative name of oyster plant; young roots can be grated for use in salads, but older roots are better cooked, and they are usually used in soups or stews. A latex derived from the root can be used as a chewing gum. The flowering shoots can be used like asparagus, either raw or cooked, and the flowers can be added to salad, while the sprouted seeds can be used in salads or sandwiches. The plant has also been used in herbalism since classical times, and is claimed to have beneficial effects on the liver and gall bladder. The root is regarded as a diuretic.

Tags: Nature General Flower Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Tragopogon Close-up macro

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
26 Mar 2013 6:02AM
What excellent images Carol !! Great info too ! Really a lovely flower Smile

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johnke 5 223 15
26 Mar 2013 6:15AM
Very good Macro work Carol, with lots of fine detail and a super exposure...John
Ray42 10 3 England
26 Mar 2013 6:38AM
An excellent trio - and some interesting information too
Ayoob 7 Australia
26 Mar 2013 6:38AM
Just beautiful ,Carol ......GrinGrinGrin
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
26 Mar 2013 6:52AM
A mesmerising center! Beautiful colour.
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 6:53AM
Three brilliant and well detailed images Carol - great narrative too. Well done! Smile

26 Mar 2013 7:19AM
Beautiful images Carol,
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 7:33AM
It's a very pretty flower with so many uses and lovely colours.
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
26 Mar 2013 7:37AM
Very beautiful and lovely images,Carol,very well done,
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
26 Mar 2013 7:44AM
A fine set Carol

LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 7:48AM
Beautiful set and a very instructive description. I'll be seeking these out with my trowel in hand in May!
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
26 Mar 2013 8:00AM
Three very fine images of this beautiful flower. Would like to have seen a version going in real close on the centre of the flower.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 8:03AM
beautiful ...
v1 for a vote today
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
26 Mar 2013 8:07AM
Good information in your description Carol.
Nicely captured,some good detail..I like the water drops on V3
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
26 Mar 2013 8:18AM
What no bugs Carol? Just, three cracking images of a very beautifull Flower!! V1 just edges it from V3 for me! Super work.
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
26 Mar 2013 8:26AM

Quote:What no bugs Carol? Just, three cracking images of a very beautifull Flower!! V1 just edges it from V3 for me! Super work.

Well captured Carol... beautiful flower.... interesting info as usualGrinGrinGrin have a great day
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 8:38AM
Beautiful, I like V1 best.

26 Mar 2013 8:42AM
Three brilliant captures, Carol. I like the droplets in V3!
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
26 Mar 2013 9:02AM
A beautiful flower and such an interesting narrative, Carol: three excellent shots, with V 3 and the water droplets really standing oiut.
boov 5 2 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 9:06AM
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
26 Mar 2013 9:11AM
....... and very readily sets seeds which spread and germinate all too easily all over my allotment GrinGrin

Lovely flower though, Carol.

Three excellent captures full of detail and colour, like them all.

Amazing beauty in these images, Carol. You are a true Xavier of Nature's beauty. The flower will wither in a short span, but your pictures will be eternal - Raja.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
26 Mar 2013 10:25AM
A good trio Carol and the water on V3 really adds to the quality of the image.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
26 Mar 2013 10:28AM
A very lovely set of close-ups, Carol - think V3 with the water droplets has to be my fave Wink
Trev Smile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 11:00AM
Three most beautiful observational studies of this most impressive flower. Each of the variants are worthy of pole position, however for I rather like image number three, the sun kissed rain drops adding that littler bit of extra sparkle.

Nathan GrinGrinGrin
9 10 10 England
26 Mar 2013 11:10AM
S_Psharma 5 1 India
26 Mar 2013 11:19AM
Beautiful picture v3 is the best.
rajasekar 9 2 India
26 Mar 2013 11:36AM
Me too Vote for V3. However all are good..
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2024 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 11:47AM
Excellent images of this beautiful flower, and an interesting narrative, too.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
26 Mar 2013 12:04PM
Awesome captures! Awesome narrative! Have my UA Carol, V1 my favourite.


Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 12:09PM
I have heard of salsify so it is great to learn of all it's uses but my goodness
what a beautiful flower!
Thanks for letting me know the name of yesterday's Erigeron with the insect.
The droplets are lovely on V3 but it looks like you couldn't fail whatever way
you photographed this beauty.
26 Mar 2013 12:44PM
Lo perfecto fe la naturaleza.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
26 Mar 2013 1:20PM
A very lovely flower Carol. The detail in V1 is excellent. And so many ways to eat this, so interesting.......Sandy
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
26 Mar 2013 1:33PM
A toss up between v1 and v3 for me with v1 just winning. The lighting is just right to give a few shadows that give the image a dimension
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 1:38PM
you are featurede2 piccy at the moment...
.... and what did you say yesterday about e2 featured piccy ..WinkBlush
sable 10 9 7 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 2:08PM
A trio of beautiful images V3 is my favourite Congratulations on having a featured image you to rightly deserve this Thank you for the interesting narrative its amazing how such a beautiful plant can be used - kindest regards Elizabveth xx
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 2:30PM
Great set, Carol, beautifully captured.
26 Mar 2013 2:43PM
A beautiful set of pics & superb information
moiral 8 12 Scotland
26 Mar 2013 2:45PM
3 wonderful captures Carole, but V3 does it for me out of this trio. Love the water droplets on the flower. Moira
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
26 Mar 2013 3:46PM
Beautiful, detailed and full frame images of this flower/herb Carol Smile

Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 4:09PM
Perfect shots Carole. love them all.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
26 Mar 2013 4:11PM
What a beautiful looking flower and a fine description of it Carol. V3 with the raindrops is particularly striking
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 4:56PM
What a lovely flower, new to me, so I appreciate such an informative narrative.
26 Mar 2013 5:28PM
Brilliant captures of this magnificent flower!
26 Mar 2013 5:29PM
Three beautiful shots carol, V3 is my favourite, love the water droplets! Smile
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
26 Mar 2013 5:30PM
Stunningly beautiful colours and details.

Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 6:24PM
WOW! Grin

evelen 13 5 England
26 Mar 2013 6:33PM
beautiful set colours and detail lovely flower carol.
cjl47 10 4 3 England
26 Mar 2013 6:46PM
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 7:35PM
A what ??????........couldn't you chose a Daisy or something else that I can pronounce !!!!!!!!

Superb quality shot though !!.....lovely colour & detail !!
26 Mar 2013 9:09PM
What an excellent set of images
Jat_Riski 9 89 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2013 4:06PM
Excellent set, Carol. V2 is my fav.
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2013 7:41PM
Superb shots & love all of them

(Many thanks for your kind comments on my water lily)
30 Mar 2013 11:24AM
all winners this time Carol

LexEquine 12 19 United States
6 Apr 2013 4:37PM
Superlative & Lovely color macro Floral Image Set ~

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