25% off iPhone Cases, Samsung Cases & iPhone Wallets. Use ONTHECASE25 at checkout.

Purple Salsify

Trish Peach

Mountain View, United States

  • Available
  • Artist
  • Artwork Comments 4

Wall Art

Home Decor



Artist's Description

When I saw this – I thought, ‘Wow what a massive dandelion!’ My internet research has revealed some interesting information about this beautiful puff ball.

Purple Salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family).

Purple salsify is a stout, introduced biennial growing to 3-4’ high with alternate linear to lanceolate leaves clasping the stem and milky sap. There are about 90 purple ligulate flowers with 5-pointed tips on each flowering head. With a blooming period of April to July, T. porrifolius is an occasional weed in disturbed places, orchards and fields to as much as 5000’ in elevation, grows in much of the California Floristic Province, and is native to Europe. Another more common species is T. dubius, which also has yellow flowers and phyllaries longer than the ligules, and which may sometimes be encountered in the San Bernardino Mts. Some of the other common names for this species are goatsbeard, vegetable oyster and john-go-to-bed-at-noon. In Europe, it is often grown as a vegetable, and most if not all parts of it are edible.

I found this one on a Stevens Creek Trail in Mountain View on my way home one sunny morning.

Artwork Comments

  • Vickie Emms
  • Trish Peach
  • riverotter
  • Trish Peach
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10% off

for joining the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.