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Observed: 12th March 2012 By: chrisbrooks
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale agg.) interacts


LVS77's picture


'agg.' is simply a shortened version of 'aggregate' - a group of closely related species. Apparently there are about 230 recognised species of Taraxacum in Britain - blimey, that's a lot of weeding... Hope that makes things a bit clearer!

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Thanks LVS77, it does but they are still impossible to get out of my lawn.

David Trevan's picture


Hi Chris,
Here's another definition of aggregate

'A species is referred as an "aggregate" (also complex or group) when several different subspecies, variety and forms often with subtle variation in morphology are described from across its vast range.'

There are apparently 232 microsubspecies of Taraxacum in the UK, divided into 9 sections!

Personally I think they are gorgeous, so bright and cheerful and their edible, if they came from some remote mountain range in Nepal, gardeners would cherish them!


David J Trevan

chrisbrooks's picture

Thanks David

I agree they are wonderful to see, I let them grow everywhere else but not in the lawn but maybe I should review that. I didn't know you could eat them, I thought that was a rabbits domain. Regards Chris

martinjohnbishop's picture

Why are there so many?

Because they have a complex breeding behaviour
see, for example,

LVS77's picture

Sunny dandelions

The dandelions will soon be out on the roadsides of Norfolk - an under-appreciated wildflower that many miss the beauty of as they rush past!

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If you don't want them to produce seed there is always dandelion wine to be made from the flowers.


Fenwickfield's picture


There leaves have a very high content of vitamins A and C and when young are used in salads,wine can be made from the flower heads which I have tried and it is very nice also the roots can be dried out and ground into a powder and used as a coffee substitute.I think we have lost the knowledge of plant uses in medical times poor people relied on these plants for a food source and dandelions were a good plant as they could also be harvested in the winter.The only thing is don't have too much as it is a diuretic.I also made dandelion and burdock wine which was very nice too,better than bought stuff and cost's virtually nothing to make and no chemicals either.


gramandy's picture

coffee - don't do it !!!

This was a recommendation during the shortage/expense of coffee in the 70s. As students then we thought it a good idea to try (loads in the garden). Tasted like mud and the aftertaste stayed with us for another 3 days, really don't do it !!!

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Isn't Tim our taraxacum expert?

I only try to remove ours when they appear to be taking over.We have some super ones but I have seen superb ones in Glos. verges a few years ago & seem to remember some at Highgrove sadly no cameras allowed.Could never rid the lawns of them & would not want to anyway.

Hazel Trevan