Tragopogon pratensis L.
Family: Asteraceae
lesser goat's-beard, meadow salsify, showy goat's-beard, yellow goat's-beard
Tragopogon pratensis image
Merel R. Black  
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, 6"-24" tall forb with milky juice
Leaves: alternate, clasping, grass-like with backward-curving, pointed tips
Flowers: head 1"- 2 1/2" wide with deep yellow ray flowers, bracts not longer than the rays; inflorescence a single head on a long stalk; blooms May-Aug.
Fruits: dry seed on whitish fluffy pappus forming a large ball
Habitat: moderate moisture; disturbed sites, roadsides
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized