Tragopogon dubius

Western Sasify, yellow goat’s beard, yellow salsify, western goat’s-beard, wild oyster plant, salsify

Description: annual, sometimes biennial

Place of origin: Eurasia

Urban habitat: commonly found on roadsides, railroad tracks, in disturbed sites.

Ecological function: Disturbance-adapted colonizer of bare ground; food and habitat for wildlife.

History: Tragopogon dubius is edible raw or cooked. It is considered to be invasive in most US states and in some Canadian provinces.