Dandelion (Tara Xacum)
The dandelion plant, also known as Taraxacum officinale, is a perennial herbaceous plant native to Eurasia and North America. It belongs to the Asteraceae family, which includes other popular plants like sunflowers and daisies.
Dandelions are known for their bright yellow flowers and round, fluffy seed heads that disperse in the wind. The plant leaves are also distinctive, with jagged edges and a deep green color.
Dandelions are often considered weeds, as they can proliferate and invade lawns and gardens. However, they also have several benefits. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and are a good source of vitamins and minerals. The root can be roasted and brewed into a coffee substitute, and the flowers can be used to make wine or added to salads for a pop of color.
In traditional medicine, dandelion has been used to treat various conditions, including digestive problems, liver and kidney issues, and skin conditions. Scientific research is ongoing to explore these potential health benefits.
Overall, the dandelion plant is versatile and hardy with culinary and medicinal uses.
Dandelion, Tara Xacum: Contrary to vicious rumors disparaging their long and revered history, the dandelion plant, or Tara xacum, is not a weed. Technically, it is an herb.
People outside North America rely on the European native plant for food and herbal usage. People worldwide forage for dandelion to eat dandelion greens for nutrition and herbal remedies.
Besides its nutritional and healing applications, the dandelion plays a vital role in the ecosystem. Indeed, Tara xacum is an excellent pollinator plant that helps bees, butterflies, and other pollinators carry out their essential job functions.
Now we are coming full circle, with dandelions reclaiming their rightful place as a flower and herb in the minds of many Americans.
Dandelion has bright and cheerful yellow flowers that bloom from early spring until winter. The flowers emerge on a long, hollow stem. The flower head of Tara xacum opens during the day and closes to sleep at night. The cheery yellow flower forms from many small yellow petals and a single seed in the center.
Tiny brown seeds form inside the protective wrapping of the familiar puff of white. The white puff ball serves a vital function; it is a parachute-like structure to allow the delicate dandelion seeds to break off in flight and reproduce.
In addition to the seeds, the dandelion plant can reproduce vegetatively from its long, unbranched taproot, which can reach over a foot long. This adaptation helps it survive competition with other weeds and droughts.
The dandelion's taproot also helps to prevent soil compaction--a common problem that robs plants of water and essential nutrients. If the soil compacts too tightly, water and nutrition flow away from the plant instead of soaking in for absorption.
Dandelions are for sale online at TN Nursery.
I received my bare root dandelion plants promptly and just as promptly put them in the ground. I must admit I was concerned that one or more would fail, but they are ALL growing and looking quite healthy! I am thrilled!
Growing as expected
Thank you for the awesome review, Christina. We are so pleased to hear it is working just as it should and that you are enjoying it so much!
The plant was small & healthy. It is well packaged.
I love Dandelions and when I got there I felt amazing. I gave these to my dead grandma and I think she liked them so you made her, and me happy love u dandelions mwah.
this looks great in my flower garden
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