06.10.2019 Yellow Salsify

I look forward to these every year.  Although a non-native flower, it sure is interesting and they don’t really take up much space, at least not where I find them, so not invasive.

Tragopogon dubius goes by a few names, western salsify, western goat’s-beard, wild oysterplant, yellow goat’s beard, goat’s beard, goatsbeard, common salsify, salsify, which is one of the reasons Latin nomenclature is so important.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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12 Responses to 06.10.2019 Yellow Salsify

  1. Northwest of Dallas yesterday I saw the large seed head of what I took to be this species.

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  2. Mike Bizeau says:

    We always debate if we should pull them fro our field here in Montana. I love the flowers so usually pull before they go to seed. The invasive vs. non-native debate goes on.

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    • I have mixed feelings about non-native plants. If they are not overwhelming the landscape I tend to enjoy them. But we do have some, like Japanese Knapweed, that obliterate the competition so not a fan of that type. At least we aren’t good hosts for Kudzu.


  3. Beautiful. And I get it on the Latin names. Otherwise you’d have a dubious distinction.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    I’ve never seen the salsify flower, but I found seed heads in Kansas the last time I was up there. I love one of its common names: ‘goat’s beard.’ It certainly fits.

    I like those pointy sepals, too. Despite their narrowness, I see they’re at least wide enough for some little creature to feel at home — unless that’s a bit of spider silk or something clinging to the plant. Every time I read ‘salsify,’ my mind turns it into salsa. Now I want breakfast tacos.

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    • I knew it as goat’s beard long before salsify. I usually check with GoBotany, the identification website of The New England Wildflower Society, now known as The Native Plant Trust. The nomenclature of wildflower identification and botany in general, along with all the other natural sciences, is constantly changing. It’s hard to keep up.
      Yep, salsa on my mind as well.

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