Plant ID forum: Mystery plant this year

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 22, 2018 7:16 AM CST
I have no idea what this interesting plant could be. Ottawa, ON Zone 5a. It's about a foot tall, 4-6" wide at the base and is now showing a large bud. Also looks like it might bud on side shoots.
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Name: Janine
NE Connecticut (Zone 6a)
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janinilulu
May 22, 2018 7:56 AM CST
I think it might be Tragopogon/Salsify.
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 22, 2018 8:10 AM CST
I agree with the ID. It's a weed here.
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 22, 2018 9:38 AM CST
Someone in my local Horticultural Society suggested a related plant - Tragopogon pratensis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Might have to wait until the flower opens for a definitive answer. How does it spread? If it's a weed in Utah, might be a weed here too.
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Name: Janine
NE Connecticut (Zone 6a)
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janinilulu
May 22, 2018 10:09 AM CST
Their seed heads look like those of a dandelion only much, much bigger...really cool looking. I imagine they can float quite a distance. Birds probably help spread them, too.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 22, 2018 10:30 AM CST
If it is Salsify, the flower will open today and be a seed head by tomorrow. It happens just that fast. The slightest breeze will send all the seeds floating off across the desert. Salsify has a long tap root but is easy to pull.

My mother used to scout them out in the evening and then early the next morning, she would be out with her hairspray spraying the poof balls. After the hairspray dried, she picked them and used them in dried flower arrangments. Her grandchildren, who accompanied her on these trips, were confused but delighted with the entire process.
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bumplbea
May 23, 2018 11:24 PM CST
Spray with hairspray...!? Cool idea!!! I've used spray glue on dried flowers , never thought of hairspray? I'm gonna give it a try. Thanks for the tip?
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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 30, 2018 8:56 AM CST
A couple of new pictures. And I dug it out this morning, but didn't get all of the tap root. Will it come back?
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Tragopogon pratensis
Ann

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