Goat's-beard - Tragopogon pratensis

Alternative names

Medium to tall plant stem erect usually unbranched, leaves linear lanceolate, channelled, the stem leaves clasping and tapered to a fine point. Flowerheads bright yellow, 18 to 40 mm flower bracts – usually 8 to 10 and twice as long as the rays sometimes with pale reddish margin. Fruit a large off-white clock. Flowers open only prior to 1 pm.

Identification difficulty

Rough grassy places.

When to see it

June and July.

Life History

Annual or short lived perennial.

UK Status

Common throughout England, scarcer in parts of Scotland and Wales. The most common form in Britain is ssp. Minor.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 450 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map