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False Dandelion


Common Name Dwarf or False Dandelion

Latin Name: Krigia biflora

[Pronounced: "KRIDJ-ee-ah bi-FLOR-ah"]

Type of Plant: Forb

Identification Helps: A small (1' to 2') plant with flowers very much like the common dandelion. Flowers usually in two's or three's.

Similar Species: There is only one other Krigia, K. dandelion, in Ohio. K. biflora is much more prevalent, although seldom common, and almost always on sandy soils.

Preferred Growing Conditions in the Wild: Prefers dry to moist sand or rocky soils.

Seasons of Growth and Bloom: Blooms from May through October, primarily in spring.

Natural Distribution in Ohio: False Dandelion is found on sandy Ohio prairies, particularly in the Oak Openings.

Description and General Information: Krigia biflora is an uncommon Ohio prairie plant restricted to sand prairies and savannas.

It is a composite flower, in the Asteraceae Family. But unlike many plants in this large family, K. biflora has no disk flowers, the ones at the center of a common sunflower that produce seeds. This species has only ray flowers, the so-called "petals." Seeds are produced in these flowers.