I've got two seemingly different yellow flowers in front of the house. They kinda both fit the descriptions for annual and perennial sow thistle. There is some that are larger with 1 inch wide flowers, and other more scraggly ones with branching stalks of 1/4 inch flowers. The big ones went to seed already and made a puffball with long skinny rice-like seeds with the hair-like tuft attached to it. The smaller ones just keep flowering and I am not seeing a puff yet from them.
So do either of these look like either sow thistle? What do you all think?
The one on the left looks like salsify to me (Tragopogon dubius). Based on the shape of the one on the right, I'd guess it's a close relative to salsify (if not also salsify). Hawkweed is also a possibility.
False dandelion is a common name for a number of plants similar to dandelions.
Hypochaeris radicata, also known as catsear, the plant most commonly referred to as false dandelion
Hypochaeris other catsears related to H. radicata
Agoseris, also known as mountain dandelions
Crepis, also known as hawksbeards
Hieracium, also known as hawkweeds
Leontodon, also known as hawkbits
Scorzoneroides, also known as hawksbits
According to this article [below] there are two sow thistles.