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Tragopogon pratensis L.

Family - Asteraceae

Common Name - Goat's Beard

 

Native 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Habitats
Cultivated land
Grassland
Hedgerows
Roadsides
Wasteland
Description of Genus

Annual to perennial herbs with long linear or lance-shaped leaves. The flowers are yellow or purple and have distinctive narrow, pointed bracts at the base of the flower.

The fruit is an achene, distributed by wind. The achene has a long beak topped by a whorl of feathery hairs. When ripe, the seed-heads look like an oversized dandelion head.

Flower of Tragopogon pratensis
© Alan Speed
Life History
Annual
Biennial
Perennial
UK distribution

Widespread except for the north-western Scotland and the Highlands. In general it is more common in the east than the west of Britain. (See Map)

Flowering Time

In flower during June and July.

Fruit

The fruit is an achene.

Flower

The flower is compound and is yellow in colour.

Names in other languages and countries

France
Salsafis des prés
Barbe de Bouc
Germany
Wiesen-Breksbart
Finland
pukinparta
Poland
Kozibród lakowy

Chromosome Number (2N)

12

Other British Names


Noontide
Nap-at-noon
Go-to-bed-at-noon
Shepherd's Clock