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Dandelion, pissenlit
Taraxacum officinale

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Compositae Family

Taraxacum Genus


Origin: Eurasia, although may be native to northern North America

U.S. Distribution: Throughout

General Information

Height: Up to 12 in.

Foliage: Variable in shape from lobeless or entire to deeply lobed with soft points

Flowers: Yellow, strap shaped ray flowers, 100-300 per head

Bloom time: May to June

Habitat: Lawns, overgrazed pastures and meadows, open fields and roadsides

Soil: Moist rich soils

"University of Vermont Extension"
This pest causes problems by:
Other: A problem in fruit tree stands - flowers lure bees away from fruit blossoms. Dandelion extracts three times as many nutrients as other plants, so it can stunt the growth of surrounding vegetation. The leaves are a good source of copper, iron, and vitamins A and C. The roots can be used as a kidney and liver tonic. Flowers have been used to make both dandelion wine and beer.

How to get rid of it:

Dandelion, pissenlit - Pests
Dandelion, pissenlit - Pests - May 18, 2009

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