Plants 40-100(-150) cm. Leaves: apices straight (not recurved or coiled), faces usually glabrous. Peduncles distally inflated. Involucres conic in bud. Outer florets usually shorter than or equaling phyllaries; corollas purple. 2n = 12. Flowering Apr-Aug. Disturbed sites; 200-2000 m; introduced; Alta., B.C., Man., N.B., N.S., Ont., Que.; Ariz., Ark., Calif., Colo., Conn., Del., D.C., Ga., Idaho, Ill., Ind., Iowa, Kans., Ky., Maine, Md., Mass., Mich., Mo., Mont., Nebr., Nev., N.H., N.J., N.Mex., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Okla., Oreg., Pa., S.Dak., Tenn., Texas, Utah, Vt., Va., Wash., W.Va., Wis., Wyo.; Europe; n Africa; introduced, Pacific Islands (Hawaii); Australia. Tragopogon porrifolius is occasionally cultivated in Europe and naturalized across much of North America. It grows typically in sites drier than those of T. pratensis and in sites shadier and/or moister than those of T. dubius. As currently circumscribed, it may not be monophyletic, and nomenclatural changes for the populations here may be required. In North America, T. porrifolius hybridizes with both T. dubius and T. pratensis (= T. ×neohybridus Farwell, described from North America, and T. ×mirabilis Rouy, described from Europe).
Plant: Biennial 4-10 dm, from strong taproot; herbage ± glabrous; sap milky; stems: branches few, strongly ascending Leaves: basal and cauline, alternate, entire, grass-like, parallel-veined, 2-4 dm INFLORESCENCE: primary inflorescence a head, each resembling a flower; heads ligulate, solitary at branch tips; peduncles long, naked, much wider toward tip; phyllaries 5-11, 2.5-4 cm in flower heads, > flowers, 4-7 cm in fruit heads; receptacle naked Flowers: ligules purple, readily withering Fruit: achenes, 2.5-4 cm; beak stout, > body; pappus ± brown, of stout plumose bristles, secondary bristles tangled, tips of a few bristles > the rest, unbranched; fruits spreading, forming a spheric head 4-5 cm diam Misc: Weed in waste places; 0-1700 m.