dandelion flowers

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

The name dandelion comes from the French, dents de lion, which means “teeth of the lion,” and refers to the jagged edges on the leaves of the dandelion plant

Are dandelion weeds?

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is one of our most common weeds in New Jersey, causing serious problems in lawns, crops, and soil quality. Some tree fruits lure the bees away from the fruit blossoms.

What dandelion looks like?

This perennial plant with a large taproot is easy to identify by its beautiful yellow flowers. The blooms grow on single and hollow stems, and the spiky leaves have a bit of milky sap. The seed head is quite symmetrical and beautiful. However, the parachute attached to the seed carries it far and wide. A perennial with a large taproot

Dandelion when do they flower

Dandelion blooms from May to October. After the full bloom, white, fluffy, round balls of seeds appear. The parachuted seeds are blown away by the wind.

dandelion taraxacum officinale yellow flowers in bloom
Photo: Krystal Zuniga

Feature photo: Krystal Zuniga

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