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Salsify - introduced (*Tragopogon porrifolius)
Family: Asteraceae (Daisy family).
Native of Europe and the Mediterranean region.
Occurrence: A widespread weed along roadsides and in waste areas. It is also an environmental weed.
- it has large, reddish-purple dandelion-like flowers
- the bracts below the flowers are long and slender
- the leaves are partly stem-clasping and grasslike
- it grows as an erect plant
- the seeds are ribbed and taper to a slender beak, with golden-brown feathery bristles.
Salsify is sometimes grown as a vegetable. The roots are cooked and the young leaves are
used as a salad vegetable.
Above: Flowers and buds. Happy Valley. 2: Flower viewed from above. Downes Road, Castlemaine.
3: Bud and flower. 4: The seeds with golden-brown bristles. The seeds
and bristles are larger and coarser than most other daisies.