Potato Dandelion

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Latin Name- Krigia Dandelion Hardy Zone- 3-9 Mature Height- 12inch Sun Or Shade- Partial Sun

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Potato Dandelion

Potato Dandelion - Krigia dandelion. The Potato Dandelion also referred to as the Potato Dwarfdandelion, is a sunflower that is native to both southeastern and south-central regions of the United States. It is a perennial herb that can reach up to twenty inches in height. The plant tends to have only one flower head on each stalk. Each flower head has 25 to 40 bright yellow or yellowish orange flowers. There are no leaves on the stem, but there may be several small ones near the base of the plant. They adapt well to many different soils and love sunlight. The Potato Dandelion tends to bloom naturally on lawns, along roadsides, and in undisturbed areas.

Potato dandelion is a wildflower that grows in various types of soil. They have stunning bright yellowish-orange flowers when in bloom. The flowers grow many short, medium and large pedals that make up the ray florets with the outer petals being the largest. They become a single flower on a leafless stem and have basal leaves at the base, similar to standard dandelions. Potato dandelions are known as Krigia dandelion (L) Nutt. And are a perennial herb. Potato dandelions are also a member of the sunflower (Asteraceae) family. These wildflowers produce a milky sap filled with antioxidants, minerals, proteins, and vitamins used for skin disease treatment, bone health, and hair care, among other daily ailments.

The Potato Dandelion is a perennial wildflower that is native to the southeastern and southcentral portions of the United States. They are also related to the Sunflower. These plants will bloom in summer months with one large bloom per stem. The flowers are a brilliant yellow, and the foliage is a medium green. These plants are commonly called Dwarf Dandelion or Wild Dandelion. They are easy to grow and love full sun to full shade. They are very adaptable to many different types of soils with good drainage.

Dandelion Plant is native to Eurasia and North America. The reason the Dandelion Plant has its name is from the tooth looking leaves, and it is an edible plant. The leaf material can be eaten as a salad; the yellow flowers can be dried and used as a tea, there are various uses for the plant. Dandelions are in the daisy family and grow like wildflowers. Dandelions have a yellow flower that you can see honeybee's, as well as butterflies, frequenting. The plant is adaptable to most soils but prefers moist soils and does need plenty of sunshine. The whitish to silver colored 'blowballs' as they are referred to are what one see's as the flower dies back, this is the seedlings. They blow off into the wind or are carried away by insects to start a new Dandelion. The Native Americans used Dandelion not only as food but as medicine for their tribe. The plant itself is small growing 2 to 15 inches tall from the base to the top of the stem where the flower is; the stems can be a grey color to a light purple color, the jagged shaped leaves are oblong. Further research has shown that Dandelions help with the ripening of fruit trees and bushes.


The dandelion plant is used in several ways. It can be used to create delicious salads with the leaves and also helps with digestive and even kidney problems. The roots of this plant can also is brewed into teas that help with constipation and also helps eliminate feeling sluggish during the day. The leaves and sources on this plants also help stabilize blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. False Dandelion is very similar to the famous Dandelion plant. These plants are great to use in salads and other methods of cooking. They will have bright yellow blooms and will look great planted in natural areas. These plants do good in moist soils but can also grow in dry soil conditions. They will thrive in clumps and can be seen growing in cracks that are in driveways and sidewalks.


 Potato Dandelion