Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Key facts about the Dandelion
- Height: 5-30cm
- Flowering Time: March – October
- Flower colour: Bright sunny yellow
- Growth habit: low growing rosette of leaves
- Habitat: Sunny places especially waste-ground, lawns and disturbed ground
- Appears in: Species Rich Meadowmat
A Brief Description of Dandelions
The much maligned dandelion is actually a really pretty and robust flower. And who doesn’t love to see children puffing away at the fluffy seedheads trying to tell the time.
Distinctive toothed leaves give the dandelion its name. Dandelion in French is dent de lion or “lion’s tooth”
Brightly coloured flowers sit atop hollow stems that contain a milky fluid. Seen en-mass they rarely fail to lift the spirits.
This is a perennial plant that readily seeds itself and needs very little care and attention.
Where to use Dandelions
Did you know that dandelion leaves are edible? Pick the young leaves (the older ones can taste quite bitter) to add to a salad.
If you hate mowing, nuture these plants in your lawn. The leaves stay green in the hottest of summers and these beauties with less grass you’ll be able to mow less frequently. The bees will thank you too!
Medicinally, dandelion is used in traditional medicine for the treatment of stomach and liver complains, as a diuretic and to relieve menstrual pains. Read more here. https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-dandelion-root-89103
Dandelions in Meadowmat
The dandelion is such a common plant on road verges and waste ground, that it gets taken for granted and thought of as a weed. The Meadowmat production team think that Dandelions are pure gold – and so do the pollinating insects that visit our fields.
We’ve included it in our low growing Species Rich Meadowmat for many many reasons. Here are just a few of them.
- Highly attractive to bees, hoverflies and other important pollinators
- Long flowering period means a reliable food source for insects
- Edible leaves – yum!
- Reliable and very easy to grow
- Bright pop of colour during summer months
- Happy to be mown
- Not too short and not too long …. A nice sized plant
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