Toothed basal leaves, deep taproot, golden flowers, all edible.
Dandelion has an astonishing range of health benefits.
Young leaves good in mixed greens, both raw and cooked.
Detoxifying herb-encourages steady elimination of toxins from both sickness and pollution. Roots dug for medicinal use and roasted for coffee substitute.
Re-seeds aggressively-keep flowers picked.
BOTANICAL NAME: Taraxacum officinale
Famous as a weed, so not choosey about soil. Start in flats or sow directly into garden. Best if you treat like lettuce. Soil must be well-drained, but do keep soil moist to germinate seed. Water moderately thereafter. All zones. To harvest, tie leaves together to blanch interiors, eat like endive. Tender leaves like lettuce, thick leaves like spinach. The root is medicinal.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Biennial, Perennial/Zones 3-10/Height 8-18"/Spacing 6-8"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :
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