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Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus

 
Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus

Common name Texas dandelion
Family asteraceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers yellow (February-June)
Light sun-part shade

U.S. native with a wide range. Its appearance is similar to the dandelion, although the petals are packed into the flowerhead more sparsely, like in hawkweed. It forms a rosette of leaves that, like those of a dandelion, are irregularly margined, but with a less sharply jagged pattern. We never encountered this plant in Pennsylvania, and mistook it for a dandelion when it first started blooming in our Texas lawn, in mid-February. Like dandelions, it is taprooted, but according to online sources this one is an annual. It is distinguished from its look-alike cousin, P. carolinianus, by the presence of fine hairs along the stems.

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