Dandelion / Common Dandelion

Pair of flowering dandelionsFamily: Asteraceae (Compositae) (Sunflower Family)

Genus: Taraxacum | Species: officinale

Description: Very abundant; Yellow flower heads (1-2″ wide), composed of many individual flowers (or florets)–a key family character–are borne atop unbranched, hollow and naked stalks; Older florets at the outer part of the flower heads are turned downward; Leaves noticeably and irregularly cleft. Dandelions are actively pollinated by various insects, particularly honey bees and, to a fair extent, bumblebees. [perennial]

Habitat: Fields, lawns, open places;

In Bloom: May – July