Tragopogon dubius Scop.
Family: Asteraceae
fistulous goat's-beard, greater sand goat's-beard, yellow salsify
Tragopogon dubius image
Stephen L. Solheim  
Etymology: Tragopogon: derived from two Greek words tragos meaning "goat" and pogon meaning "beard," suggested by its prominent, feathery hairs when in seed
Plants: erect, biennial, 1'-3' tall forb with milky juice
Leaves: alternate, clasping, linear, grass-like with straight, pointed tips
Flowers: head 1 1/2" wide with pale yellow ray flowers, bracts longer than the rays; inflorescence a single head on a long stalk; blooms May-July
Fruits: dry seed on whitish, fluffy pappus forming a large ball
Habitat: dry; disturbed sites, roadsides
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized