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Does anyone know the name of this plant?

fiona floxfiona flox Posts: 36

Was interrupted by trying to upload photo and failing.  Sorry.  This plant is very like a dandelion but taller with thin grass-like leaves emanating from its stem.  The flower is like a "neat" dandelion and the seedhead is just beautiful.  Huge and very dainty.  Any ideas of its name and whether it is a wild plant?



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    A photo is going to make id 100% easierimage

  • Is it Goatsbeard (Tragopogon pratensis)?

  • fiona floxfiona flox Posts: 36


    This is the photo - successfully downloaded. 

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Pink or yellow?

  • It is Goatsbeard.

  • fiona floxfiona flox Posts: 36


    Thank you Joe, but I don't think so.  I have just been out and managed to take this photo of the flower itself.  They are nearly 'over' now, so that may help.  Kate, as you can see the flower is yellow and a little like a dandelion, certainly the seedheads are like massive dandelion seedheads and spread in a similar fashion.

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Looks like Goatsbeard??????????

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    Full marks for the quality of your photos.

    I agree with Goatsbeard. There's a good identification photo here:

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,310

    Possibly similar, but check out Scorzonera. Same family as Goatsbeard.

  • Still think it's Goatsbeard - I'll try to find time to say why later, but as a first check the leaves of Scorzonera are a lot more elliptical than those of Goatsbeard. Also if this plant is 50-100cm tall it's Goatsbeard. Goatsbeard usually closes at mid-day - hence another name 'Jack-go-to-bed -at-noon'.

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