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Taraxacum officinale

Common Name(s):
Dandelion
Categories:
Edible Plants, Wildflowers
Comment:

 Dandelions have many positive features:

  • They provide nectar and pollen to honeybees and other beneficial insects, particulaly important in early spring when they are one of the only plants in bloom
  • Their leaves, roots and flowers are all editble. 
  • Their roots can break up compact soils.
  • Their seed head is a beautiful puff ball and delights young and old when they blow on it to disperse the seed
Season:
Spring
Foliage:
Lobed jagged-edged leaves; 2-20 in. long; hollow stem with milky sap
Flower:
Bright yellow multi-petalled flowers in spring, reflexed outer bracts, fluffy globular ball of white seeds
Site:
Roadsides, open fields, and waste places
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
edible, edible weed, weed

NCCES plant id: 2754

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