Purple Dandelion

West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

Found this growing among normal dandelion plants I grew from seed, it's saved in my plant pots so next year should bloom.

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Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

It sounds like you buy dandelion seeds for greens, therefore I wonder if it is a seed of lettuce variety- or if it is crossed with a colorful lettuce grown at the seed source.

West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

Dandelions can cross breed with lettuce? Some others sprouted dandelion flowers and except color the purple one matches their leaves identical so I still think its a dandelion but my question is what variety grows purple leaves.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

They are both in the Aster family- I am speculating that they could cross. In restrospect, that was probably kind of silly of me. Maybe a better point is that being in the same family as lettuce, chicory etc it is not so surprising that a dandelion could have leaf color.

West Babylon, NY(Zone 7a)

Ok I understand what you mean now.

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