Latin name: Tragopogon porrifolius L.
Pronunciation: tra-GO-po-gon por-i-FO-lee-us
Common name: Purple salsify
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Habitat: Disturbed places, orchards and fields to as much as 5000' in elevation in much of the California Floristic Province, native to Europe
Blooming period: April to July
Name derivations: 1) Tragopogon 2) porrifolius
NOTE: Some of the other common names for this species are goatsbeard, vegetable oyster and john-go-to-bed-at-noon.