Goat’s Beard

A Goat’s Beard seed-head is like a Dandelion clock on steroids. Tragopogon pratensis has long seeds and beautiful upside-down umbrella parachutes:

Goat's Beard - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Each seed is on a square-section stalk:

Goat's Beard - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

What’s really remarkable…

Goat's Beard - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

…is just how much fine dirt there is under my fingernails in this photograph.

They are fabulous structures. Hafod Grange in Wales make paperweights using Goat’s Beard seed-heads. Here’s one I bought boxed from Kew Gardens:

Goat's Beard - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

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