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Tragopogon dubius

Western salsify flower.

Smooth, mottled stems with swollen nodes; note milky sap.

Large western salsify seed head among stems and closed flowers.

  • 'Tragopogon' is from the Greek 'tragos' meaning goat and "pogon" meaning beard.

  • The common name 'Joseph's Flower' refers to Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary, who commonly is depicted as bearded.