Goat’s Beard is a common weed along roadsides and in fields, although its yellow flower is lovely enough to grace your garden. Flowers can reversibly open and close, and are normally only open in the morning, closing up in the afternoon. This specimen is of two pressed seed heads. Before pressing these would have been two balls of seeds up to 15 cm in diameter, looking much like a large dandelion, and indeed the plant is related (distantly) to dandelions. Young roots, leaves and stems of the plant are edible, and this perhaps is the reason why we find Goat’s Beard in North American, as it may have been brought here by pioneers as a food plant.
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