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These flowers remind me of gigantic dandelions when they have gone to seed. My sons call them wild sunflowers. Those elongated green pods in the background are the same kind but haven’t bloomed yet. We found them on one of our afternoon walks to the store, in Columbia Falls, Montana.
This is the seed stage of the purple salsify (also known as Goat’s Beard), which is from the family, Asteraceae, and genus, Tragopogon, which has 140 species. Salsify is native to Europe and Asia, but several species have been introduced in North America and Australia, where they thrive, being considered weeds by many. I think they are beautiful in both the blossom and seed stages.
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