Scientific Name: Taraxacun
Common Names: Dandelion, blowball
Dandelion (Taraxacum) is a member of large genus of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. Dandelion is a perennial or biennial herbaceous plant, native to Eurasia and North America but has since been found in other temperate areas worldwide along road sides, open fields lawns and gardens.
Dandelion is an edible plant with long, lance-shaped leaves. Dandelion leaves are so deeply toothed, they gave the plant its name in Old French: Dent-de-lion meaning lion's tooth. The leaves are 5–25 cm long and about and 1 to 2.5 com wide forming a rosette above the taproot.
Dandelion flower heads are yellow to orange about 2 to 5 cm in diameter. Several dandelion flowers can bloom from a single rosette rising above the leaves at the end of each hollow stem. Dandelion flower is usually open during the day and closed at night. At some point the dandelion flower heads mature into a globular seed head containing many single-seeded fruits attached to white parachute like hairs called pappus that enable the seeds to travel with wind for long distances.