dandelion, common

COMMON NAME: Dandelion, common
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Taraxacum officinale
FAMILY: Asteraceae
LIFECYCLE: Perennial/Biennial
FEATURES: Biennial/perennial rosette with tap-root. Leaves lanceolate, large teeth with points that angle
back toward the plant center. Flowers solitary, yellow. Produces a orb-shaped seedhead.
Individual seed adapted with pappus for wind dispersal.
DESCRIPTION: One of the most common turfgrass weeds throughout the U.S. One of the few weeds easily
recognized by most homeowners. Yellow flowers and orb-shaped seedhead most prominent
features. Leaves edible.

Broad View Two rosettes

Broad View
Two rosettes

Flower / Seed Head Flower close up

Flower / Seed Head
Flower close up

Flower / Seed Head Orb-shaped seedhead (fruit)

Flower / Seed Head
Orb-shaped seedhead (fruit)