Tragopogon pratensis L., a biennial wild, edible herbaceous plant of the botanical Asteraceae or daisy family found in Europe. Its depiction is found in a fresco of the city of Pompeii. The name of the plant, and the genus associated with it, derives from the combination of the Greek words tragos = goat and pogon = beard. This name highlights the similarity of the bristles of the pappus of the flower to the beard of a goat. It is also called meadow salsify. The most common vulgar name, ie beak beard (‘la barba di becco in Italian’), is of Longobard origin.