Scientific name"Taraxacum officinale grows from generally unbranched taproots and produces one to more than ten stems that are typically 5-40 cm tall, but sometimes up to 70 cm tall. The stems can be tinted purplish, they are upright or lax, and produce flower heads that are held as tall or taller than the foliage. The foliage may be upright-growing or horizontally spreading; the leaves have petioles that are either unwinged or narrowly winged. The stems can be glabrous or sparsely covered with short hairs.
Use living mulches, coarse wood or sawdust to control dandelion growth. During hand removal the tap root must be removed entirely or it will regrow. It will respond by growing back strong after cutting.
This species is a difficult weed in our Fynbos patches. Can you help us remove it? See our activity calendar for upcoming activities, or arrange with us visit our Fynbos patches and do the weeding in your own time.
This species was selected because it is a difficult alien invasive weed in our Fynbos patch(es).