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Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Danger: Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Bloom Color: Bright Yellow
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Herbaceous Blue-Green
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline) 7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
On Jul 9, 2008, tashmoore from Fort George G Meade, MD wrote:
Who didn't love playing with dandelions as a kid? blowing the seeds, "tests" for butter (or boys or whatever). What parent hasn't gotten at least one of these as a gift from a small child? And as a parent isn't it nice to know that if your child decides to taste test a plant this one won't be the one responsible for the hospital trip?
I don't feel like a yard is healthy if it doesn't have some dandelions and clover in it at least. blank carpet of green? must be something wrong......
On Jun 22, 2008, kryistina from Springfield, MO wrote:
A fabulous wild food, the Dandelion plant is edible in it's entirety. The young spring leaves are a great salad green, and the older leaves are great cooked or as a pot herb. The flowers are great for fritters, in any baked good, and made into wine, the roots are great in stews or roasted and ground into a coffee substitute. High in vitamins, and widely available, they are a great and tasty way to supplement a diet with a little colorful fun.
Easy to grow with little-to-no care or attention, gets bigger and more prolific if fertilized with an organic fish emulsion solution and not mown down regularly.
We have problems keeping these lovely "weeds" in our yard because we spend so much time eating them, and we usually have to not only reseed often, but also go hunting elsewhere for them.
Dandelions are also a great marker for a toxin-free area, as they are sensitive to pesticides and herbicides. A Dandelion free yard is surely one on which poisons have been sprayed.
On Apr 6, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
If dandelions had most if not all of the compounds that gives it a bitter taste it would had been more of a heavily used cash crop. Many different kinds of dissimiliar crops comes from one lowly weed . The crops includes brussel sprouts, kale, and cabbage! Image doing the same thing with dandelions but as a perennial crop.
Otherwise this is on my list of impossible to remove weeds - especially if it is in a hard to dig location between rocks, etc or growing next to bush - it is hard to image the size of the taproot after you pull out. In clay soil, they often resprout from deep taproots left behindinto many small plants.
On Jan 25, 2008, tropicsofohio from Hilliard, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:
fields of these grow here, and they look so beautiful, just not when they are in your yard. it is an all out battle to Irradicate them from my yard. still i rate it neutral, just because of all of its uses, and some even bloom in winter. (a nice surprise after no other blooms for months)
Lion's tooth is native and abundant in Switzerland. It's used to make a kind of honey from.
Soak a few hands full of open flowers in water and filter it through a towel the next day. Mix this Liquid about 1:1 with sugar and cook slowly until slightly viscous.
A salad of young leaves in spring is also a good use for it.
On Dec 16, 2004, BotanyDave from Norman, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
I love Dandelions! Not only do they look nice and smell good, they're also pretty tasty!
Ah! To be in Russia, where dandelions are prized and left to grow where they will- or Hokkaido, Japan, where one of the only plants more abundant in the city garden-things is the horsetail! What of Australia, where they are cultivated as a major cash crop?
Botanically speaking, communities of dandelions may be genetically identical, since each plant can, um, clone itself. And depending what you belive in the way of categories, each population of dandelion may be considered its own sub-species or species. Most people consider this to be going too far, though...
I don't care, I will continue to try to plant dandelions, and my family will continue to pull them up when I'm not looking.
On Oct 28, 2004, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
Dandelion, Lion's Tooth, Bitterwort, Chicoria, Fortune-Teller, Wild Endive, Puffball is Naturalized in Texas and other States and is considered an invasive plant in Texas.
Dandelions have deep taproots that can be dried to make a substitute for coffe. Young leaves and flowers are used in salads, stir-fries, and cooked like spinach for a very nutritious vegetable full of vitamins and minerals.
It is a proven diuretic and a laxtative,and has also been used as tonic and blood purifier. They are wide spread and most people hate them in their lawns, but in the proper place they are very lovely and useful plants.
The flowers are beautiful and children love to play with the seed heads by blowing on them.
On Jul 3, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
The common English name "Dandelion" is a derivation of the French Dent-de-Lion, ("tooth of the lion"), a reference to the deeply serrated edge of the leaves.
In modern times, this perennial is the poster child for unwelcome plants (aka "weeds") in most gardens. A persistent broad-leaf plant that is especially difficult to eradicate because of its long taproot. Some tout the edible and medicinal qualities of the dandelion as redeeming features, but most of us with a turf lawn see it as a formidable foe.
Children love to blow on the fluffy ripe seedpods and watch the seeds drift away on the slightest breeze until landing, probably on a well-manicured expanse of turf.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Phoenix, Arizona Magnet Cove, Arkansas Berkeley, California Redwood City, California San Mateo, California Aurora, Colorado Edgewater, Colorado Lamar, Colorado Springfield, Colorado Ellendale, Delaware Pike Creek, Delaware South Daytona, Florida Washington, Illinois Coralville, Iowa Barbourville, Kentucky Benton, Kentucky Lewisburg, Kentucky Prospect, Kentucky Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Fort Meade, Maryland Gloucester, Massachusetts Comstock Northwest, Michigan Detroit, Michigan Minneapolis, Minnesota Marietta, Mississippi Cole Camp, Missouri Piedmont, Missouri Saint Robert, Missouri Springfield, Missouri North Plainfield, New Jersey Ojo Amarillo, New Mexico Henderson, North Carolina Belfield, North Dakota Bucyrus, Ohio Galena, Ohio Hilliard, Ohio Edmond, Oklahoma Brookings, Oregon Greencastle, Pennsylvania Norristown, Pennsylvania Conway, South Carolina Oakland, South Carolina Crossville, Tennessee Dallas, Texas Dalworthington Gardens, Texas Lake Dallas, Texas Manchaca, Texas San Antonio, Texas Leesburg, Virginia Bellevue, Washington