Dandelion

(Taraxacum) Dandelion is a cold-hardy perennial wild flower of Eurasia that is now naturalized on every continent except Antarctica. There are several species within the taraxacum genus, including T. albidum (Japanese white dandelion) and T. pseudoroseum (pink dandelion).The name dandelion is said to be derived from the French 'dente-de-lion', meaning lion's tooth, referring to the deeply lobed nature of the leaves. This beneficial plant has a long history of use in traditional herbalism and is a popular wild foraged edible. Time planting for the coolest part of the growing season as dandelion becomes bitter in heat. Try sowing in late winter for a spring harvest. Seeds germinate in 7-21 days. Seeds may be started indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost date, though it is preferable to direct sow seeds after the danger of frost has passed. Surface sow and cover with a thin layer of starting mix, as the seeds require light in order to germinate. Sow 1 inch apart in rows. Ideal germination temperature is 60-75 F. If starting indoors, carefully transplant due to the long taproot.

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