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Common Dandelion
Taraxacum officinale

Other Names: N/A

  • 4 cm (1.5 inch) single head on top of thin stalk
  • has many yellow “petals” (rays), each ending in 5 small teeth
  • bracts are thin and pointy – those that are furthest out are bend back
  • 5-45 cm (2-18 inches) at base of stem
  • teeth are irregular, deep, and lobed
  • in most parts of North America, except in far north and southeast
  • found in lawns, fields and along roadsides
Flowering Time
  • March - September
  • milky sap contained in the hollow stems
  • infructescence is arranged in a head of white, fluffy bristles
  • Eurasian exotic to North America – considered a weed
  • young leaves can be eaten as a salad green
Name Origin
  • The teeth of the leaves are reminiscent of a lion’s teeth, giving this plant its name.
Common Dandelion

Common Dandelion Leaf