Family: Asteraceae

Scientific Name: Tragopogon dubius

Common Name: Yellow Goat's-beard


Yellow Goats Beard (Tragopogon dubius)

Plant TypeWeeds, Wild Flowers, Biennials, Site author's observations
Hardiness Zoneat least 5
Soil & Sitenormal-dry
Flowersyellow dandelion-like, open on sunny days and may close by noon, green bracts are longer than the petals (ray flowers)
Fruitlarge globular seed heads of achenes, formed after flowering, achenes (seeds) dispersed by the wind
Leavessimple grass-like, clasp the stem, exude a milky white sap when broken
Stemswhen broken exude a milky white sap when broken
Dimensions2-3 feet tall, often listed as a biennial
Native SiteThis an alien species to Wisconsin.
Misc FactsForms a deep taproot that can be dried and ground and used to make a coffee-like drink. The name comes from the fact that the globular seed head looks like an old gray Goat's beard. The common name "Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon" has to do with the fact that the flowers usually open only during the morning. AKA: yellow salsify,[1] western salsify, western goat's-beard, wild oysterplant, yellow goat's beard, goat's beard, goatsbeard, common salsify, salsify
Author's NotesI have seen birds sit on the plant and pull the seeds out of the pod. The interesting thing is that the seeds have a fluffy tail. The bird eats the seed and lets the tail drop.
Notes & Reference#08- Peterson's Guide to Wild Flowers (Peterson McKenny), #41-Wildflowers of Wisconsin (Stan Teikiela), #157-The Sunflower Family in the Upper Midwest (Thomas Antonio, Susanne Masi)
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