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Taraxacum officinale

 
Taraxacum officinale

Synonym(s) Taraxacum dens-leonis
Common name dandelion
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers yellow
Size 4" (to 12" in bloom)
Light sun-part shade

Everybody knows this weed, and most have a love-hate relationship with it. We don't try too hard to keep it out of the lawn, but it's not welcome in our garden areas. The large fleshy taproot on established plants reaches quite deep, and must be completely removed to get rid of the plant. Several varieties grow in our gardens, some with plain leaves, others deeply cut.

dandelion
The seedhead on this one (in April, the first I noticed for the year) looks different from the fluffier ones that are usually produced..
Taraxacum officinale
...like this one

This is a weed in our garden

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