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SPECIES / FAMILY: Taraxacum / Asteraceae or Compositae
OTHER COMMON NAME(S):
CONDITIONS: sun-partial shade
PORTION: small to medium
COMMENT: All parts used for coffee, tea, salads, and soups. Flowers, also used to make wine, taste sweeter before bees visit. Boil once or twice to remove bitterness.
CAUTION: A very few people are highly allergic to latex in dandelion leaves, by eating and/or touching them.
NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: Aperient; Cholagogue; Depurative; Diuretic; Hepatic; Hypoglycaemic; Laxative; Miscellany; Stomachic; Tonic; Warts. (1) https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-706/dandelion
LOOK-A-LIKES: looks like chicory without the flower, dandelion leaf is also smoother than chicory http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/chicory.html
Carolina False Dandelion, Carolina desert-chicory https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Pyrrhopappus
OTHER USES: Compost; Cosmetic; Dye; Fruit ripening; Latex; Miscellany. The flowers are an ingredient of 'QR' herbal compost activator. This is a dried and powdered mixture of several herbs that can be added to a compost heap in order to speed up bacterial activity and thus shorten the time needed to make the compost. A liquid plant feed can be made from the root and leaves. A low quality latex, which can be used for making rubber, can be obtained from the roots of this plant. A magenta-brown dye is obtained from the root. The plant releases ethylene gas, this stunts the growth of nearby plants and causes premature ripening of fruits. A distilled water made from the ligules (thin appendages at the base of the leaf blades) is used cosmetically to clear the skin and is particularly effective in fading freckles.
SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):
- http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/09/dandelion.html (good photos)