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common name for plants of the genus Tragopogon (see salsifysalsify,
common name for a tall, narrow-leaved biennial (Tragopogon porrifolius) of the family Asteraceae (aster family), native to S Europe but now naturalized and sometimes growing as a weed in North America.
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) of the family Asteraceae (asteraster
[Gr.,=star], common name for the Asteraceae (Compositae), the aster family, in North America, name for plants of the genus Aster, sometimes called wild asters, and for a related plant more correctly called China aster (Callistephus chinensis
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 family) and of the genus Aruncus of the family Rosaceae (roserose,
common name for some members of the Rosaceae, a large family of herbs, shrubs, and trees distributed over most of the earth, and for plants of the genus Rosa, the true roses.
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 family), related to the spiraeas. False goatsbeard, a saxifrage, is named for its resemblance to Aruncus. The two families are classified in the orders Asterales and Rosales, respectively. These orders belong to the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida.
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"Goatsbeard!" he yelled at a tall weed with a silver head that looked like spun sugar.
As well as the stuffed bird - and we'll come to that - the piece comprises more than 3,000 threads on which are fixed some 10,000 seeds of dandelion, thistle and goatsbeard. All, apparently, can be found near the finish of the Great North Run in South Shields.
8: Natural markers for this week include the blooming of sweet Cicely, common fleabane, meadow goatsbeard, sweet rocket, poppies, iris, early mock orange, Korean lilac, and honeysuckle bushes, red-horse chestnut, wild cherry and locust trees, petalfall from most of the flowering crab apple trees, redbuds, azaleas and standard lilacs, the peak of warbler migration, the appearance of swallowtail butterflies, red admiral butterflies, small, orange fold-winged butterflies, white-spotted skipper butterflies, spitbugs, blue-tailed dragonflies, and scorpion flies in local gardens, goslings and ducklings along the rivers, webworms in the trees along the roadsides, and mating horseshoe crabs along the southern Atlantic coast.
parsnips, goatsbeard and sweet clovers take over the roadsides.
The stars of May could stand for flowers and fruits of late spring, could prophesy early summer as well, their signs arbitrary and infinite as the constellations: Arcturus overhead for peonies; the Corona Borealis beside it for Japanese Honeysuckle; Virgo below for the sweet locust, rhododendron, and meadow goatsbeard; Regulus in western Leo for wild roses and swamp iris; Vega in the far east for blackberry and mock orange; Castor and Pollux, setting in the west, for poppies and daisies; Libra in the south, promising strawberries and mulberries; Scorpius in the low southwest, pledging coneflowers and thistles to come.
Along the byways, find Meadow Goatsbeard Season and Sweet Clover Season and Buttercup Season.