Tragopogon porrifolius salsify Asteraceae TRPO*; Q;


Tragopogon (Accessed 4/2015).

Tragopogon porrifolius is a biennial herb 40-100 cm tall from a taproot, sap milky, plant hairless. 

Leaves alternate, to 30 cm long, 2 cm wide, linear, tapering from base. 

Flowers purple, all rays, bracts of flower head 8, in one row, 2.5-4 cm long, often longer than ray flowers, elongating to 4-7 cm in fruit, flower stalk inflated below heads; blooms May-July. 

Fruit a dandelion-like head of achenes each 2.5-4 cm long, the body 1-1.5 cm long abruptly contracted to a long, slender beak; plume brownish..

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Europe. 

Habitat: Escaped from cultivation. Usually in moist soil.