I’m a sucker for dandelions. I know, they’re the scourge of manicured yards everywhere, but move beyond that boring green sheet of sameness and let a splash of color here and there add some excitement to your lawn.
When they go to seed, it’s like a galaxy full of stars. One breath is all it takes… to ruin that yawn-inducing disaster you call a landscape.
Oh, but I said this ain’t yer daddy’s dandelion. Wanna see why?
That’s my grimy paw to give you size comparison. As seed heads go, this one is bigger than a baseball. Imagine the mayhem that could cause in your tedious little St. Augustine canvas.
But what creates a seed head that large?
Western salsify (Tragopogon dubius). Mighty purty, ain’t it?
The flowers are like dandelions on steroids. Huge burning stars of color that stand waist high.
[all photos from White Rock Lake]