Dandelion

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.

Save to My scrapbook
Dandelion

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

Join the RHS today and get 12 months for the price of 9

Join now

Gardeners' calendar

Find out what to do this month with our gardeners' calendar

Advice from the RHS

You may also like

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.