Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Wasatch Wildflowers Series 9

Frasera speciosa, Elkweed. Family Gentianaceae. Such elegant flowers.  These grow in mountain meadows at intermediate elevation.  Other species of Frasera are found throughout Utah deserts.

Tragopogon dubius, Oyster Plant, Salsify. Family Asteraceae. The large tap root can be roasted and eaten - but it tastes pretty awful.  The mature seedheads form a large ball of fluffy seeds, similar to dandelion but much larger.

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