- Plant Name- Botanical Name - Dandelion - Taraxacum officinale Hardy Planting Zones- 3-10 Sun or Shade – Full Sun to Partial Sun- Height - 12-18" Mature Width- 12-18" Bloom Season – Spring, Fall (April to May and August to Sept.) Beginner
Dandelion - Taraxacum Officinale
Dandelions weren't always considered a weed. They are a vital food source, and their greens contain a multitude of vitamins and corresponding health benefits. They are also used to make wine. Cultivating dandelions doesn't seem like hard work, but if you are interested in reaping the most benefits from a highly productive crop, then it helps to know which growing conditions enable them to thrive. If you are interested in harvesting dandelion leaves for consumption, then consider planting them in partial shade. This decreases their bitter taste. Their flowers can be harvested whole. As long as the plant's thick taproot remains intact, the perennial flower will grow back for future harvests. The wildflower is easily distinguished by its globular seedhead, but the golden yellow blooms are also worthy of mention. They are an attractive plant. Well nurtured plants are quite pretty, and the flowers bloom twice a growing season, making them an essential part of the well-planned landscape. The flower's many golden petals create a tight ball of color that attracts bees. In many climates, the plants are the first blooms to emerge after a long winter, and they are a vital food source for pollinators. Flower heads are roughly an inch in diameter.The flowers bloom in the early spring and mid to late fall. They close their heads during the middle of the day in the summer but can still be harvested at that time. Younger plants are less bitter than older plants. If you are concerned spreading seeds, then merely harvest the plant before the formation of a seed head. This usually occurs in the late fall.