July 10th – By the cycleway in Telford, I found this lovely seed head. It takes a jolly good breath to blow the seeds off these!
Not a dandelion – far too large, at least a couple of inches in diameter, with big, stout wind-borne seeds. The plant itself was a good couple of feet tall.
Following enquiries on social media it turns out to be salsify, or goat’s beard, a plant once prized for it’s edible root.
I can’t say i’ve ever noticed the flowers, though. I must look harder now I know what to spot.