Montana Outdoors

July 4, 2008

Full cycle

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:05 am

Every summer I see thousands of these blossoms

Goatsbeard, tragopogon dubius

Goatsbeard

and roughly an equal number of their seed heads,

Goatsbeard

but I guess I haven’t been paying very close attention though because this morning was the first time I saw both on one stalk.

Goatsbeard

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4 Comments »

  1. Just beautiful! It is like a bright yellow Star of Bethlehem.

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    Comment by Tabbie — July 4, 2008 @ 11:27 am

  2. Yes, it does have pretty blossoms, but the rest of the plant isn’t particularly attractive. It’s an interesting plant though. The blossoms open and close rapidly due to changes in light conditions. When I saw this one earlier this morning I quickly went back to get a photo: two hours later, the blossoms was closed and will open later when the sun is right for it.

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    Comment by montucky — July 4, 2008 @ 11:45 am

  3. The western variety is different from the Showy Goatsbeard I posted a couple of days ago, longer green “thingies” from the flower, but pretty much else the same, even the same sun habits. Interesting.

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    Comment by Bo — July 4, 2008 @ 12:47 pm

  4. Yes, I noticed that. They must be very close relatives.

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    Comment by montucky — July 4, 2008 @ 2:23 pm


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