Taraxacum officinale 

Common Dandelion

Names and Myths


officinale Lt. A shop where things are sold.

Dandelion from the French dents de lion tooth of the lion.

Natural history / Folklore

Originated in Asia minor, spread by way of Europe. Apomixis, produces seed without pollination. Root has been roasted and used as a coffee substitute and the blossoms to prepare wine.17,34  Dandelion greens are grown and canned commercially in Maine, about 1000 cases are sold each year.34


March – October Yellow flowers, roadsides, fields and lawns. Milky sap and basal leaves. Flower heads open in the morning.

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