Puff The Dandelion by D Hackett
The dandelion is a perennial, herbaceous plant with long, lance-shaped leaves. They're so deeply toothed, they gave the plant its name in Old French: Dent-de-lion means lion's tooth in Old French.
The leaves are 3 to 12" long, and 1/2 to 2-1/2" wide, always growing in a basal rosette.
The rosetteimmature, tightly wrapped leaf bases just above the top of the root form a tight "crown." Seed Head
Dandelion leaves are at their best when they've just emerged.
The dandelionwell-known yellow, composite flowers are 1 to 2" wide. Basal Rosette
They grow individually on hollow flower stalks 2 to 18" tall. Each flower head consists of hundreds of tiny ray flowers. Unlike other composites, there are no disk flowers.
Reflexed bracts grow under each flower. Yellow Composite Flower
The flower head can change into the familiar, white, globular seed head overnight. Each seed has a tiny parachute, to spread far and wide in the wind.
The thick, britt...