Sunday, 22 July 2018

Tragopogon pratensis

Goat's-beard to you and me.  Or Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon, because this small elusive flower, which is a member of the daisy family, only flowers in the morning and closes up at lunchtime, allowing the plant to merge back into the undergrowth!  No wonder it is so tricky to see.  I find the plant completely bewitching.  Its seed heads, which are huge in comparison to its rather insignificant flower, grab my attention every time I walk past them.  I think they are really beautiful.

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