A perennial herbaceous weed which is the bane
of lawncare nuts throughout the United States.
Up to 3 ft in height
Deeply toothed leaves form a basal
Single hollow stem
A deep taproot
Yellow ray flower.
When the flower goes to seed, it
produces a round white seed cluster which readily release
under a gentle breeze.
Just about every kids has, at one time
or another, picked a dandelion flower in seed, and watched
the seeds scatter as they blew them free of the flower head.
Lawns and waste areas all over North America
Leaves, Flowers, Roots
Wild Food Uses:
In the early spring, before the plant
flowers, the tender young leaves can be added to salads, or used
as a cooked vegetable. Once the plant flowers, most people the
leaves are too bitter to eat. I however, still like the flavor
they bring to salads, I have also used the leaves from spring
through autumn as a cooked vegetable. The leaves are very high in Vitamin A & C. A tea
made from the leaves is used as a tonic to promote general health. When dry roasted, and ground, the root is supposed to make a good
coffee substitute, although I have not personally tried it. The
flowers can be dipped in a batter and fried to make a tasty
fritter. The flower tops can also be made into a wonderfully
delicate wine. It is important to note that you must not use any
of the green underside part of the flower (the sepals), as this will impart an
unpleasant bitterness to your wine. It takes a while to gather
enough flowers to make wine, but your work will be rewarded, as
this is one of the best wines I have ever tasted.
The following text is
meant for informational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or
treat any illness or injury. Always consult with a physician or other
qualified medical care provider concerning the diagnosis and treatment of
any illness or injury.
It is important to note that like with many
other plants, just by eating dandelion, you will reap numerous
health benefits. The leaves and roots have strong
anti-inflammatory properties. Root tea has been used as a
diuretic, and to treat ailments of the liver, gall bladder,
kidney, and bladder. Dandelion has been shown effective at
dissolving and eliminating urinary and biliary stones and gravel.
A tea or decoction made from the leaves has also been used as a
tonic to treat the liver, weak or impaired digestion, and