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Tragopogon gracilis is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.20 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
E. Asia - Himalayas from Afghanistan to E. Nepal.
Open slopes and grassland, 1500 - 3000 metres[
]. Mountain slopes and scree at elevations of 2900 - 4300 metres in Tibet[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in ordinary garden soils, including heavy clays[
One report says the plant is a vegetable but does not say what part of the plant is used[
]. Judging by other members of this genus, it is likely that the root and the young shoots can be eaten.
Young fruit heads[
Seed - sow spring in situ. Make sure to water the seed in if the weather is dry.