Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.
Scientific name: Tragopogon dubius Scop.
Common name(s): yellow salsify, western salsify, common salsify, goatsbeard, yellow goat’s beard, western goat’s beard, fistulous goat’s beard, wild oyster plant
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– flowers close at midday unless cloudy
– flower bracts are longer than flower rays
-large fruits with a feathery pappus for dispersal
– may be confused with T. pratensis; see left sidebar of Go Botany webpage
-native to Europe
-introduced to North America in the 1900s
Go Botany. “Tragopogon Dubius Scop.” Tragopogon Dubius (Fistulous Goat’s Beard, Yellow Salsify): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/tragopogon/dubius/.