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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius)

Salsify or Oyster Plant (Tragopogon porrifolius) is an invasive species that was imported from Eurasia and Africa to North America because of its edible roots. Though not much eaten nowadays its purple blooms continue to decorate roadsides and other waste places. Apparently salsify roots have a flavor similar to oysters, hence its other common name, Oyster Plant. Also common in our area is the yellow variety, Tragopogon dubius.


Chrissy Brand said...

Stunning colours- lifted my spirits on a wet day here.


Mike Laplante said...

These things are everywhere in my neighbourhood.

JoJo said...

Sometimes the invasive species are the most beautiful.