Dandelion

Taraxacum officinale

Family Aster (Asteraceae)
Bloom Spring, summer, fall
Habitat Meadows, fields, lawns, roadsides
Status Non-Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 2-18″
Flower Flowers are at the tip of an erect flower stalk that rises from the ground level, is leafless, hollow, and exudes a milky juice when broken. They appear to be 1 large yellow flower, 1 – 1.5″ across but they are actually a composite of many tiny flowers clustered together.
Leaf Leaves form a basal rosette and are deeply cleft forming pointed lobes facing toward the base of the plant.
Notes The flowers open in the morning and close in the afternoon. Glob-like seed heads have soft hair-like bristles that resemble tiny parachutes to carry the seeds away on the wind.

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