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Scientific name: Taraxacum officinale


Counting down the clock as you blow the fluffy seeds from the head of a Common Dandelion is a familiar game to each and every one of us. These ‘dandelion clocks’ can carpet a grassland in fluffy white pillows straight after the bright yellow, gaudy flowers have already coloured it gold. Common Dandelions grow in all kinds of grasslands from lawns to roadside verges, pastures to traditional meadows.

"Paardenbloem (Taraxacum officinale) 06” by Dominicus Johannes Bergsma, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.

How to identify?

The Common Dandelion is actually a variety of forms or ‘microspecies’ and there are also a number of other Dandelion species, so identification can be tricky. Nevertheless, look for the familiar yellow flower heads displaying closely packed florets (tiny flowers). The leaves of the Common Dandelion are lobed and spoon-shaped, and the stem exudes a milky white sap if it is broken. When it fruits, the seeds appear with their downy, white parachutes, and form a globular, packed seedhead.

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Scientific Name

Taraxacum officinale

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