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Tragopogon, also known as salsify or goatsbeard, is a genus of flowering plants in the sunflower family Asteraceae that has over 140 species. Included is the vegetable known as salsify, as well as a number of common wild flowers, some of which are usually regarded as weeds.
Salsifies are forbs growing as biennial or perennial plants. They have a strong taproot and milky sap. They generally have few branches, and those there are tend to be upright. Their leaves are somewhat grass-like. Flower color varies within the genus, with some yellow species, and some bronze or purple. Seeds are borne in a globe like that of a dandelion but larger, and are dispersed by the wind. From Wikipedia.
When these plants spring up in my garden, I pull them out as they are invasive like dandelions. But they have beautiful yellow flowers and gorgeous seed heads so I enjoy them in the wild. This one was in my neighbor's yard and will probably seed freely in my garden this fall.