Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #31 Goat’s Beard or Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon

Goatsbeard - Tragopogon pratensis in Bradlaugh Fields Park Northampton

Also known as meadow salsify, an attractive yellow daisy-like plant with a milky sap and long thin grass-like leaves, it resembles its purple-flowered relative grown by some people in their gardens and allotments for its long edible roots, ornamental flowers and use in herbalism.

The flowers are only open in the mornings – by the afternoon they are closed up tightly once again.

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