Dandelion – Pyrrhopappus Carolinianus
False Dandelion is a great perennial and will come back each year.
Dandelion plant can be used in several ways. It can be used to create delicious salads with the leaves and also helps with digestive and also kidney problems. The roots of this plant can also be brewed into teas that help with constipation and also helps eliminate feeling sluggish during the day. The leaves and roots on this plants also help stabilize blood sugar levels in diabetics.
False Dandelion is very similar to the popular Dandelion plant. These plants are great to use in salads and other methods of cooking. They will have bright yellow blooms and will look great planted in natural areas. These plants do good in moist soils but can also grow in dry soil conditions. They will grow in clumps and can be seen growing in cracks that are in driveways and sidewalks.
Common Name: Dandelion
Sun Exposure: does best in full sunlight.
Growth Rate: rapid.
Flowering Time: early spring usually sees the greatest bloom, but the Dandelion can bloom all throughout summer and autumn, and in milder climates, winter as well.
How Long It Flowers : usually about 14-18 days.
Flower Color: yellow.
Soil Requirements: grows in virtually all soil conditions but prefers the pH to be above 7.0.
Pruning: once pruned, the Dandelion vigorously sprouts new leaves and will keep regenerating foliage as long as its roots are still in the ground, even if the top is cut off completely.
Flower Form: Dandelion is a hardy perennial with a long taproot. From the base of the plant is a basal rosette of highly irregular, lanceolate and dully or sharply toothed leaves growing up to 45cm (1ft ½) and 10cm (4in) wide. There is a milky latex that will bleed from any part of the plant when injured. It is a composite flower, meaning that in each flower-head there are dozens of smaller flowers disguised as the “petals.” Each of these flowers mature as cypselae, tiny oblong shaped seeds with parachute-like pappi that forms a white, fluffy appearing seed-head. The seeds catch and are transported by the wind, often reaching very far distances.