*Taraxacum officinale

Family Asteraceae


Perennial herb to 40 cm high, with radical leaves and taproot. Longevity 2 - 5 years.

Flowers: Yellow most of the year.

Fruit: Achene 2.5 – 4.5 mm long, with pappus of bristles 6 mm long.

Seed: Wind dispersed.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of  Europe.
  • Weed of lawns, roadsides and pastures.
  • Occasional at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Resprouts after fire.
  • Palatable to rabbits.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Taraxicum officinale plant

Taraxicum officinale flower

Taraxicum officinale fruit