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Biennials.  Taprooted.  Stems 1 to several per plant, glabrous.  The sap is milky white.   Typical height is 2 to 3+ feet.

Inflorescences consist of a single flower head at the summit of each stem.

Flower heads are ligulateFlorets are bisexual and fertile.  Corollas are yellow, 5-toothed.  Involucral bracts are lanceolate, longer than the outermost florets.  Peduncles are dilated below the flowering and fruiting involucre.

Basal and lower stem leaves leaves may be present at flowering.  In general, leaves are lance-linear, grass-like, glabrous, clasping stems. Leaf tips are straight, not usually recurved or coiled.

Cypselae are spindle-shaped, straw-colored to brown, tapering to a slender beak, 5-10 ribbed; the ribs often scabrousPappus bristles are branched, appearing feather-like; light tan.

Plants of fields, grassy meadows, roadsides.  Flowers May to June.  Not native.

Similar species:  Tragopogon pratensis

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