Oct. 4, 2018

Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon, Tragopogon pratensis

Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon seems a fitting name for plants with flower heads that close up in the afternoon. But these could be giant dandelions. These produce those large fluffy seed heads we see along the roads. They look like they would be great dried arrangements, but picking them and keeping them intact is a challenge. Super glue is the answer. Very carefully insert a tube to where you can glue things together at the center of the seed head. It will dry quickly and then you can cut them without losing it all. You still need a way to very gently hang them upside down to dry. These are often called goat's-beard. They are an eurasian native, now found in every state and province except AK, AL, AR, FL, HI, LA, MS, ND, SC, LB, NT, NU, and YT. Lenawee Co MI, 5/19/16.