Meadow Salsify

A couple of weeks ago at Home Farm in Hampshire this giant dandelion-like seed head caught my eye. It was at least two or three times the size of a dandelion with quite impressive seeds. It’s Meadow Salsify, Tragopogon pratensis, a relative of the dandelion in the Asteracae (daisy) family. The roots and young shoots are edible, apparently, but I was content to admire its beauty.

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2 thoughts on “Meadow Salsify

  1. It’s nice to see the UK version of Tragopogon pratensis which has the same purple colored edges as our east coast Canadian one, though your green bracts look more slender and longer. ciao

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