Dandelion ‘Taraxacum officinale’

A golden blaze in the May meadows and banks. Basal rosettes of leaves deeply lobed or toothed (dent de lion), flowers are composed of bright yellow ray – florets. This plant can be found growing in temperate regions of the world, in lawns, on roadsides, on disturbed banks and shores of water ways, and other areas with moist soils. T. officinale is considered a weed, especially in lawns and along roadsides, but not by us!  It is sometimes used as a medical herb and in food preparation the flowers are used to make dandelion wine, the greens are used in salads, the roots have been used to make a coffee substitute (when baked and ground into powder). Common dandelion is well known for its yellow flower heads that turn into round balls of silver tufted fruits that disperse in the wind. These balls are called “blowballs” or “clocks. It is food for the caterpillars of several Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), Even though dandelion pollen is of poor nutritional quality for honey bees, they readily consume it., The roots can be used to make a brown dye and the flowers can make a yellow or green dye.

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Additional information

Sun Preference

Sun either Partial or Full

Soil Preference

Most Soils OK

Suitable for

Prefers moist soil, but can be found in many places. Requires sun.


Butterflies, Moths, Honey Bees

Flowering season

April – May

Flowering colour


Eventual height


Species Type

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