Dandelion agg. - Taraxacum officinale agg.


There are around 200 similar microspecies of the Dandelion genus in Britain, which really require an expert to identify them. Our illustrations are shown to represent the group. They have milky latex, and a basal rosette of leaves, lobed or unlobed. Flowerheads usually yellow, solitary borne on hollow scape (stem). Fruit a large and conspicuous clock.

Identification difficulty

Various, but usually preferring moist, grassy places.

When to see it

Generally March to October.

Life History


UK Status

Very common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland as a group or aggregate.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map