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Brand New! Outdoor Hour Challenge: Salsify Wildflower Nature Study

Brand New! Outdoor Hour Challenge

Salsify Wildflower Nature Study

When I first saw salsify, I thought it was a giant dandelion. Upon closer examination, I realized the leaves and flowers are quite different. Here in the U.S., there are 2 plants that are called salsify:

Salsify or oyster plant (tragopogon porrifolius) which has a white root and purple flowers.

Salsify or goat’s beard (tragopogon dubius) which has a black root and yellow flowers.

alsify wildflower june 2021

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Look for salsify along roadsides, vacant lots, pastures, and disturbed areas. Normal blooming time is from May to September.
  • This should be a fairly easy flower to spot if it’s blooming. It looks like a really large dandelion, purple or yellow depending on where you live. The seed head is also a larger version of the dandelion.

Outdoor Hour Challenge salsify

If you have a membership here on the Handbook of Nature Study, you’ll find the complete challenge with images, more links to resources and videos, journaling ideas, a notebook page, and ideas for studying flowers in the aster family. You’ll need to sign into your Ultimate or Journey level membership to see the book download.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Wildflower 3 Covermaker
Ebook includes nature study lessons for common silverweed, fireweed, salsify, Indian paintbrush, and forget-me-nots.

Here’s a sample from the Wildflower ebook: Outdoor Hour Challenge Wildflower Ebook #3.

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