Yellow salsify

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

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile, Go Botany

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– annual/biennial

– flowers close at midday unless cloudy

– flower bracts are longer than flower rays

-large fruits with a feathery pappus for dispersal

-leaves are

  • simple
  • alternate

– may be confused with T. pratensis; see left sidebar of Go Botany webpage


-disturbed sites



Natural History:

-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,