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Goatsbeard (Yellow)

Tragopogon pratensis
Goatsbeard (Yellow)

Habitat

They bloom in summer and fall along roadsides and in fields.

Description

Yellow flower head looks similar to a dandelion on a very long stem. The long, thin leaves wrap around the stem at the base and look like big blades of grass. Flowers close midday.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

Flower Type: Single flower with 5-7 petal-like sepals
Flower Color: White
Leaf Arrangement: Around the base - they come up after the flowers have bloomed
Plant Type: Wildflower (Small - trailing along forest floor)
Leaf Type: Divided into 3 toothed, shiny leaflets that stay green all winter

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