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Dandelion
Asteraceae
Taraxacum officinale


Thunder
Thunder
Type Categories Useful Parts

Herb



Asteraceae Family

Taraxacum Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Blowball, Lionís Tooth, Cankerwort, Priestís Crown, Puffball, Swine snout, White endive, Wild endive, fairy clock, piss-in-bed, pu gong ying (Chinese), pinnenlit (French)


Location

Photos taken in my yard
Plant originated in Europe

Physical Description
They are tap-rooted perennial plants. They will grow almost anywhere. They are also known as weeds. Dandelions are very difficult to get rid off. Dandelions are now common in all temperate regions. The flower of the dandelion matures into a globe of fine white filaments that are usually distributed by wind, carrying away the seed-containing achenes (akenes). The mature flower of the dandelion which is in the shape of a globe is also called the "clock".


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Asteraceae
Asterales
Asterales
Star Order (Daisies)
Euasterids II
Euasterids II
Real Stars Group Two
Asteridae
Asteridae
Class of Stars (Daisies)
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Dandelion leaves and roots have been used for hundreds of years to treat liver, gallbladder, kidney, and joint problems. In some traditions, dandelion is considered a blood purifier and is used for conditions as varied as eczema and cancer. As is the case today, dandelion leaves have also been used historically to treat water retention
Dandelion is commonly used as a food. The leaves are used in salads and teas, while the roots are sometimes used as a coffee substitute.: During WWII, when there was rationing of everything, Dandelion and Chicory roots were harvested, chopped finely and roasted in a cast iron skillet on the stove. The resulting dark roots were then prepared as a coffee substitute




Dandelion
Flower



Dandelion
Entire Plant



Dandelion
Blowball or seedhead



Dandelion
Field of Dandelion

Comment: Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale

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Thunder
Thunder
May 29, 2010
Sounds great! Especially if you need a diuretic.

gardengeek
gardengeek
May 29, 2010
I just made a dandelion smoothie the other day. Highly recommended! Just blend up some young leaves in water, then mix with an apple, a pear, and some strawberries.

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