A Goatsbeard (Western Salsify) Seed Head by barnsis

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Thanks to my friend Gena paintingsheep for finally finding out what this seed head is.

It is a Goatsbeard or Western Salsify Seed Head. Salsify is widely cultivated for its long edible root, oyster like in flavor. Its root is similar in appearance to a thin parsnip. Additionally, it is long in length and is cream or white in color. From the top of the salsify, green, grass-like shoots emerge. These leaves are edible and can be used in salads, for example. Salsify is a hearty plant that requires approximately 150 days to grow. However, it can be left in the ground during the winter months and will still flourish. When cultivated for a few years, salsify will also produce stalks that bear purple flowers.

Taken from about seven feet with a Nikon D90 and Nikkor 300mm lens on auto focus

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  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

    A wonderful capture!!! I believe this is a BIG dandelion!! :o)
    They can be up to 5cm across . . . dandelions

  • This was larger than that, I would say between 7 and 10cm I have never seen any like them before but they look just like dandelion.

    – barnsis

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 1 year ago

    It’s probably one of the members of the milkweed family. Did it have zig zag leaves too? Or were they different? :o)

  • I didn’t see any leaves, only the stalk and bloom or what ever it is. I am familiar with some of the varieties of milk weed but have never seen this before

    – barnsis

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture, by the way. :o)

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 1 year ago

    l wonder if it could be a thistle, great find xx

  • I don’t think it is a thistle, not the right kind of bloom, Thanks

    – barnsis

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 1 year ago

    Wow, thought it was a dandelion too! Whatever it is, close your eyes and make a wish! : )))
    Gorgeous capture!! xoxooxxoxoox

  • It looks just like a dandelion but it is twice as large as they say the largest ones are. Thank you

    – barnsis

  • John  Kapusta
    John Kapustaover 1 year ago

  • Kay Cunningham
    Kay Cunninghamover 1 year ago

    It blossomed just for you to take it! Heard you were in the vicinity and expanded to attract your attention! Great shot!

  • I guess, I am interested to see if they are still there next week. Thank you

    – barnsis

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    outstanding capture Byron.

  • Thank you Julie

    – barnsis

  • BarbL
    BarbLover 1 year ago

    Wow….I have no idea but it sure is beautiful. These are sometimes very difficult to get in focus correctly and you did a great job, dear Bro!!

  • Thank you very much Sis, It is much easier to focus when they are as big as a baseball (:>)

    – barnsis

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 1 year ago

    Outstanding shot, I love it,

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

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