Common dandelion

Yellow flower heads that turn into round balls of silver tufted fruits that… Chilrden love to blow, and disperse in the wind.
Common name : Common dandelion
Scientific name : Taraxacum officinale
Family : Asteraceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Taraxacum officinale - the common dandelion - is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant in the daisy family Asteraceae. It is found growing in most temperate regions of the world, in lawns, roadsides and disturbed areas with moist soils.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 10a
Height 30 - 60
pH 6 - 7

Identify my common dandelion

It is a plant with hollow stems that measures 30 to 50 centimeters. The leaves are said to be radical, ie seeming to be born from the root, smooth and more or less toothed, about 20 cm long and arranged in spread rosette. To avoid any confusion with other rosette plants: dandelion has hairless leaves. To avoid confusion with other Asteraceae: the dandelion bears only one flower per stem, and this one is unbranched.

Plant my common dandelion

Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low. Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air. Water copiously just after planting. If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.

Water my common dandelion

Water regulary in the fist weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top of the soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

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