The bright yellow flowers and ‘clock’ seedheads of dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis) make this plant easily recognisable. Dandelions may be considered a nuisance in parts of the garden, especially in weed-free lawns but have many herbal uses and are a good early source of nectar and pollen for insects so worth tolerating where possible.

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Quick facts

Common name Dandelion
Botanical name Taraxacum officinalis
Area affected Lawns, hard surfaces and cultivated ground
Caused by Spread by seed and regenerates from tap root
Timing Flowers March to October

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