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Common Name: Goat's Beard

Other Names: Meadow Salsify, Showy Goat’s Beard

Species Name: Tragopogon pratensis

Plant Type: Forb

Family Name: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Eurasia
Duration Biennial
Distribution in the U.S. Throughout the country
Distribution in Oklahoma Body of the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Hairless, linear leaves resembling grass blades
    • Milky sap


    • Solitary yellow flower heads
    • Green spike-like leaves surrounding flower head; extends to length of petals
    • Large fuzzy spherical seed heads when mature, resemble giant dandelions
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Simple
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Shape: Linear
    • Stipules: Absent
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: Numerous
    • Flower Color: Yellow
    • Flower Timing: May-August
    • Fruit Type: Achene



Soil Type Various
Habitat Open, disturbed areas: roadsides, rights-of-way, eroded banks, waste areas and abandoned lots
Successional Stage Early


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