dandelion, false

COMMON NAME: Dandelion, false
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pyrrhopappus carolinianus
FAMILY: Asteraceae
LIFECYCLE: Annual or biennial
FEATURES: Annual or biennial rosette forming aster plant. Leaves lanceolate, glabrous or with large sparse
hairs on upper surface. Leaves have sparse elongated teeth along leaf edges that can range from
1 cm to 5 cm. Leaves have a prominent white midrib. At flowering, plant produces and elongated
stalk with multiple branches with an elongated and solitary inflorescences. Inflorescence a
composite ray (outer) and disk (flowers). Corolla (petals) are normally a light to creamy yellow.
Outer flowers have petals that come to a sharp point. Inner flower without petals. Inner flowers
have a brown style and stigma with filament and anthers protruding through the stigma.
DESCRIPTION: Also referred to as Carolina-false dandelion. Very common dandelion species throughout southeast
U.S. More prevalent at higher mowing heights (>5 cm or 2 inches) and lower quality turf. Leaf shape
and characteristics are variable and can be confused with Brazilian catsear dandelion (Hypochaeris
brasiliensis). Leaves with toothed edges, often deeply divided is a key characteristic to distinguish.

Broad View Whole plant

Broad View
Whole plant

Broad View Infestation

Broad View

Leaf Leaf


Flower / Seed Head Flower

Flower / Seed Head