In my garden “the Purple Morningstar” is a special appearance. Purple Morningstar is the name we use in Holland for “Jack-go-to-bed-by-noon” (Tragopogon porrifolius). How I got it? I don’t know! Probably this “star” was blown by the wind.
People ask me often for the name of this biennial plant. The Morningstar is a 1.20m. high, “skinny” plant. Every morning until noon the amethyst-colored flowers are in bloom. Once noon has arrived the flowers close and the plant looks green and inconspicuous. There is also a yellow variant (Tragopogon pratensis).
Most visitors have never seen the Morningstar for sale in a garden center. That makes sense, because the Morningstar has a taproot. Plants with taproots do not like to be transplanted. It is best to sow these on site. I always collect seeds of the Morningstar for plant lovers. So everyone, without having to steal the seeds, can try this plant in their own garden ,.
After flowering, seed heads with fluff balls appear. Something like dandelions, only bigger.
The Morningstar is definitely a plant for early risers. When the flowers are closed in the afternoon, nobody talks about this plant anymore!
|Morningstar almost open|
|Fluff balls after flowering|