Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Taraxacum officinale Weber
common dandelion, English dandelion, dandelion, little marsh dandelion, bog dandelion, lesser dandelion, tarassaco, Diente de león, lion's tooth, blowball, cankerwort, door head clock, milk witch, puffball, witch's gowan, yellow gowan
Disturbed areas, Minor problem species
Origin: Eurasia
Growth Form: Herb
Plant Description: Perennial herb with a strong taproot and a rosette of toothed leaves. The classic "dandelion" flowering heads can be produced throughout the year. They are up to 3cm across, contain yellow ray florets and are followed by a sphere of plumed parachute seeds. The plant exudes milky latex if cut.
Key Features: Unlike flatweeds, Hypochaeris species, the stems are hollow, with only ever one flowerhead per stem.
Control: post-emergence and systemic broad-leaf herbicides for young plants
More information:
NRCS Plants Database

Photo - flowers/leaves

Margaret Williams @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Photo - flowers/leaves

Larry Allain @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Photo - fruit/leaves

K Braun, Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

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