Salsify - Tragopogon porrifolius


Medium to tall plant, stem erect, sometimes branched, broadening below the flowerheads. Leaves broad linear, wider at the base. Flowers lilac to reddish purple, 25 to 48 mm, flower bracts often 8, as long as, or slightly longer than the rays.

Similar Species

Very similar to Goats-beard, but with mauve flowers not yellow.

Identification difficulty

Grassy habitats, waysides.

When to see it

May to August.

Life History


UK Status

Locally naturalised or casual in Britain, especially in the south east of England.

VC55 Status

An infrequent casual in Leicestershire and Rutland, and was not found in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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

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