Connecticut Plants
Meadow Salsify (Showy Goat's-beard)
Tragopogon pratensis L.

The flowers are open in the morning and close around noon. This plant is very similar to Tragopogon dubius, but that plant has longer bracts -- much longer than the petal-like rays. On Tragopogon pratensis, the bracts are around the same length as the rays.

  • Family: aster (Asteraceae)
  • Habitat: fields, roadsides
  • Height: 1-3 feet
  • Flower size: flowerheads 1-1/2 to 2 inches across
  • Flower color: yellow
  • Flowering time: June to October
  • Origin: Europe
Tragopogon pratensis L.