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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, shorter than or equaling the length of the outermost florets.  Peduncles are long, glabrous and often glaucous, not much dilated below the flowering involucre (dilated in fruit, however).

Basal and lower stem leaves leaves may be present at flowering.  In general, leaves are lance-linear, grass-like, glabrous, sheathing stems; tips recurved or slightly coiled.

Cypselae are spindle-shaped, straw-colored to light 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 and roadsides.  Flowers May to June.  Not native.

Similar species:  Tragopogon dubius

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