Attack of the Giant Dandelions – Tragopogon

huge dandelion in seed

huge dandelion in seed

Yep, I kid you not — giant dandelions have invaded the gardens. Well, they go by several names, as well, including salsify and goat’s beard, but the big white fluffy seedheads look like dandelions… only larger!

They started out innocent enough — pretty little yellow flowers.

yellow salsify flower

yellow salsify flower

After blooming, the green leaves of the flower close up, allowing the seeds to develop.

huge dandelion after blooming

huge dandelion after blooming

Then the green leaves open…

Leaving large, fluffy balls of seed umbrells, like the dandelion. – Stacey Morgan Smith

huge dandelion in seed

huge dandelion in seed

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

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