Common Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

Common Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

This common garden weed, which can be a pain to pull out without leaving the roots in, can be quite a beautiful thing indeed, especially when seen in large numbers covering meadows or on roadsides.

April 2018, front verge, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman

22 thoughts on “Common Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

  1. It is prolific, seeding itself all over the lawn and garden, but it is a great pollinator plant and for those who like the greens, very nutritious! Not all bad. 🙂

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  2. That’s a particularly nice view of the underside. I don’t remember it being so fancy. I’ll have to take a look this weekend. Our native dandelions (Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus) are just now coming into their own, and are beginning to cover vacant lots and roadsides. Every dandelion’s dandy in my book!

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    1. I used to feed it to my rabbit and guinea pig when I was a boy. Never thought of trying to eat it myself. I might give it a go now 🙂

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  3. Further to that bee image I posted yesterday a local insect expert has told me it is the Yellow Legged Mining Bee Andrena flavipes, first recorded in Norfolk in 2002, although solitary will form masses like this in the right conditions.

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  4. I do love dandelions 🙂 so big and sunshiny. Ok so I pull them out of the garden (they are small and scrubby there, but persistent!), but they are beautiful in lanes and verges, and wildflower meadows.

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    1. I have some to pull out here before they go to seed and start over again, but they are lovely as you say out in the country, etc. Thank you 🙂

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