Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Yellow Salsify (Western Salsify, Western Goat’s Beard) (Tragopogon dubius): Images

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September 18, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire I would not have expected to find Yellow Salsify still in bloom this late in the year. Notice how the green bracts extend a long ways beyond the flower rays. Also, notice on the closed flowerhead that the transition from the flowerhead to the flower stalk is a gradual taper. Finally, notice that the thin, grass-like leaves do not curl backwards. These three items differentiate Yellow Salsify from Meadow Salsify (Tragopogon pratensis) (Synonym: Tragopogon lamottei).
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June 3, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire