Walking across the meadows among the tall grasses reaching to my hips, I saw these over-sized “puffballs” swaying gently in the breeze.
They were significantly larger than the seedheads of dandelions that look similar. This seedhead belongs to an oyster plant (Tragopogon porrifolius).
The radial patterns of the silken, shiny threads remind me of the lace knitting masterpiece of a grandmother whose living room is decorated with intricate doilies (please click to enlarge for full effect):
Like a shining sun, the plant sends out rays each producing its very own little sunburst pattern (click to enlarge):
When the flower blooms earlier in the spring, it looks like this:
This post was created in response to Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Shine.