Tragopogon porrifolius L.
Common Name: SALSIFY, VEGETABLE-OYSTER
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad B-Forb

Roadsides and railroads, fields, vacant lots and other disturbed places. Collected as early as 1843 by D. Cooley (presumably in Macomb or Oakland Co.) and by the mid-1880’s in Ingham and Keweenaw Cos. Doubtless originally an escape from cultivation, for the species has long been grown for its edible taproot.

As in T. dubius, the phyllaries exceed the ligules and the pedicels are inflated.

Locations

Berrien County
Cheboygan County
Clinton County
Emmet County
Gratiot County
Houghton County
Huron County
Ingham County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Mackinac County
    Only on Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Mecosta County
Midland County
Oakland County
Ottawa County
Saginaw County
St. Clair County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 11, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=508.