Taraxacum officinale

Scientific name: Taraxacum officinale

Synonym: Taraxaeum officinale


Common names: “Dandelion”

Plant Type: Perennial weed

Long taproot


Zone: 3

Light: Full sun – part shade

Exposure: Exposed or sheltered

Soil: Any

Moisture: Moist


Plant Size: H 6-12″ W 6-8″

Leaf and Stem shape: Long dentate and a hollow stem which contains a toxic milky sap

Flower: Golden yellow flowers



Comments: Leaves are edible and a high source of vitamin A, C & K, also a good source of calcium, potassium, iron & manganese, the flowers are used to make wine and jellies, toasted roots can be ground up and used as a coffee substitute and are said to have medicinal properties especially good for the kidneys

Bees & Butterflies love the flowers – remove flowers before spraying


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