*Tragopogon porrifolius

Family Asteraceae


Herb to 1 m high with long taproot. Longevity to 2 years.

Flowers: Pale – deep purple, October – January.

Fruit: Achene to 15 mm long, with plumose pappus 15 – 25 mm long.

Seed: Wind dispersed.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native to Europe and Asia.
  • Weed of roadsides and grasslands
  • Occasional weed of grasslands at the Australian Botanic Garden

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Tragopogon porrifolius flower

Tragopogon porrifolius fruit