I was hiking up to Community Caves in Spearfish Canyon and all the flowers were in bloom. I got some great shots of the Goatsbeard, also called yellow salsify. I have been calling this giant dandelion looking plant milkweed every since I was a kid. However, I learned the correct name from my copy of Plants of the Black Hills and Bear Lodge Mountains.
I’ve probably called it that because it bleeds a milky substance when you break the stem. This is not a native plant to North America, it was introduced from Europe. I think is fits in just perfect. I hope you enjoy my pictures.