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Goats Beard


By Chloris

Goats Beard (Tragopogon pratensis (Barba Cabruna))

A close up of this amazing wild flower. I've never come across it before but it obviously loves the flinty/clay soil here.

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It is also commonly known as salsify..and the root is a culinary curiosity. It is eaten as a veg and is said to taste like oysters...I love the beautiful yellow flowers but the seed heads look like dramatic giant dandelions. I have a photo of the wild flower that grows here but didn't tag it... it's also interesting that there is another plant given the common name "goat's beard"'s a very tall, white feathery flowered plant in the same family as astilbe (I think) can't think of it's scientific name just now.

24 Jun, 2010


Hi Lori,thanks for the info. I have eaten salisfy and its very good but fiddly to prepare!
The other Goats Beard is Aruncus and has flowers similar to Astilbe.
I shall be posting more photos of wild flowers later today, cos I just don't know what they are.

25 Jun, 2010


yes, you're right Chloris... it's aruncus dioicus...just couldn't bring that to mind when I was writing my comment!! (senility)

25 Jun, 2010

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