OK, this is an alien plant, even one of real concern in portions of the Pacific Northwest. But I've always liked it. Its common name is yellow goatsbeard, or meadow salsify. In binomial nomenclature it's Tragopogon pratensis.
The flowers are tall, and about 2 inches across. They tend to close in the full sun of mid-day. The roots of many of its relatives are edible, but I don't think this one is. The seed head is like that of a giant dandelion.
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