Plant Care Goat's Beard

Goat's Beard

About Goat's Beard

Yellow Goat's Beard is an ornamental biennial wildflower with edible roots, shoots, stems, and leaves. The plant is native to Europe, Central Asia and Turkey. It has been introduced to Canada, Haiti, and the United States. The species common name Jack-Go-To-Bed-At-Noon refers to the flowering trait of closing by noon on sunny days.


Tragopogon pratensis

Also known as

Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon, Meadow salsify, showy goat's-beard and Meadow goat's-beard

How to care for Goat's Beard


How often to water your Goat's Beard

Water needs for Goat's Beard
0.5 cups
every 9

Goat's Beard needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Goat's Beard in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Goat's Beard: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Goat's Beard love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Goat's Beard does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Goat's Beard

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Goat's Beard: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Goat's Beard after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Goat's Beard is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Goat's Beard

Goat's Beard

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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