Yellow Goatsbeard is set to jump

26 Jun

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Yellow goatsbeard open seed-heads look like giant dandelion.

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This one is Tragopogon pratensis

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Here is Tragopogon dubius, I am collecting the seeds from both of these forms of Yellow Goatsbeard before most of the seeds blow away.

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I’ll be sprouting many of these though a few will be left to produce young roots and leaves to be eaten in the late fall.

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In the Maritime provinces of Canada usually you will find a wild member of the pea family growing beside Yellow Goatsbeard and the photos today show no exception.

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6 Responses to “Yellow Goatsbeard is set to jump”

  1. Jay June 27, 2013 at 3:04 am #

    Do the fluffy Goatsbeard seed heads taste syrupy?

    • 1left June 27, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

      J, Oddly I’ve never tried the fresh un-sprouted seeds until I read your comment as the seeds have a hard skin, but I tried some of the younger unripe seeds moments ago and they are a bit like roasted sunflower seeds in flavour, rather good. The newly emerging flower buds are also edible as well. Now the fluffy parachutes themselves when sticking out of the closed flowers I haven’t tried, is there a similar plant in your area that the mature flower remnants are eaten?

      • Jay June 27, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

        Hi 1left
        yes, some acacia though not really that similar in structure (the fluffy balls in your picture almost look like dandelion heads) and they have a sweet (almost too sweet at time) flavour.
        Am always interested in similarities in plants despite differing locations and species.
        Taste and smell of plants from diverse parts of the planet often seem to correlate nevertheless
        Kind wishes, J

      • 1left June 27, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

        J, One thing I didn’t mention about this plant is the dandelion-like white copious latex that quickly turns brown and hardens and appears if you rub any of the flowering stem, this makes a pleasant chewing gum and can be noticed as the brown staining on some of the seed heads in the paper bag photo and also the white latex is noticeable in the photo of the closed Tragopogon dubius seed heads where I broke off 3 heads and took the photo above. When I do collect Yellow goatsbeard seed-heads my hands and shirt always end up covered with a sticky coating of brown latex which has become a pleasant part of the experience in gathering this plant in the early days of our northern summer.

  2. weedimageoftheday June 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    How large is the fluffy seed head (the tufty one) of the Goatsbeard?

    • 1left June 27, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

      weedday, I cupped my hand over the Tragopogon dubius in the photo and I guesstimated it to be 4+ inches, Tragogopon pratensis seeds are shorter and are the ones shown above in the paper bag and their seed heads when expanded reach around 2 1/2 inches

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