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UK Nature  > Wild Flowers  > Yellow Wild Flowers  > Tragopogon pratensis

  • Single flower from above
  • Flower bracts have closed around developing seeds
  • Flower head showing seeds and pappi (sets of feathery bristles)

Scientific Name:   Tragopogon pratensis
Common Name:   Goat's-beard

Tragopogon pratensis, more commonly known as Goat's-beard, is an annual or short lived perennial. A medium to tall plant with an erect stem, usually unbranched, the leaves linear lanceolate, channelled, the stem leaves clasping and tapered to a fine point. The flowerheads are bright yellow, 18 to 40 mm in width, with flower bracts –that are usually twice as long as the rays, sometimes with pale reddish margin.

Fruit is a large off-white 'clock'. Flowers open only prior to 1 pm. Usually found in rough grassy places in June and July. Common throughout England, scarcer in parts of Scotland and Wales. The most common form in Britain is ssp. Minor.
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