Scientific NameTaraxacum officinale
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
Germinates or sprouts year round but mainly in fall and spring. Major flower production starts in spring and may last all summer and into fall.
May have several shapes but usually have pointed jagged edges and typically lack hairs. When leaves are cut, milky sap exudes from the cut surface.
All plant parts have milky sap. Enlarged taproot on mature plants.
Flower Seed Head
Yellow flowers with numerous petals attached to slender stalks. Flowers soon turn to white puffy balls of seed. A bare knobby stalk often remains when seed are blown away.
Seed are light brown and have jagged edges. Each seed is attached to a slender stalk that contains a tuft of hairs on the opposite end.
Lawns, waste places, pastures, fields, and roadsides. Tolerates mowing.
prostrate and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf,
longer than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval