Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Goat's Beard in British Columbia
The flower in this post was unknown to me. I found it on the path leading to the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge in Golden. Taking a lead from yesterday's post, I turned to Ontario Wanderer's blog to see if he had a photo of it. His very interesting post of June 12 showed a Goat's beard flower having difficulty opening because of a spider web that encircled it. Although the details of his flower look different, there were enough similarities to make me think the flower I photographed might be a kind of Goat's beard. Because of the number of bracts (19 or possibly more) on the flower I photographed, I believe the plant is Tragopogon major, also known as Tragopogon dubius Scop., subsp. major. Its common names include common salsify, meadow goat’s beard, salsifis majeur, western goat’s beard, western salsify, wild oysterplant, yellow goat’s beard, yellow salsify. It is a member of the Sunflower family (Asteraceae). Goat's beard is native to Eurasia. It is listed as an invasive weed in Kentucky, Nebraska, Tennessee, Manitoba, and Ontario (USDA 2002). However this plant is not considered noxious in North America.