Tuesday, June 27, 2017

not a dandelion

I went looking for dandelions today.  I was thinking about/researching C19th dandelions this morning, and even though I knew that this didn't really look like a dandelion of the ordinary, common or garden, taraxacum officinale type, I also learned that there are plenty of varieties of dandelion, and thought that, maybe ... 

Happily, Wildflowers of the Northern and Central Mountains of New Mexico has arrived - a wonderful volume.  This isn't, of course, a dandelion at all.  It's Yellow Salsify, or Yellow Goat's Beard (tragopogon dubius), which also has seeds that form puffballs for easy dispersal (or to be turned into decorative designs).  

I'll keep looking for dandelions.

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