Broadleaf Weed – Dandelion

(Taraxacum officinale)

Dandelion – also known as Lentodon taraxacum, Lions-tooth, Blow-ball and
Cankerwort – is a tap rooted perennial weed. Taraxacum officinale prefers open and disturbed areas that receive a lot of sun: lawns, gardens, dilapidated meadows, vacant lots, and along railroads and roadsides. Dandelion is one of the most recognizable broadleaf weeds and is found in every state and territory in North America.

Identifying Dandelion -

Dandelion features a deep, fleshy taproot which often branches. Leaves branching from the taproot form into rosettes and can remain green throughout the year. The leaf margins are deeply lobed with the lobes pointing backward toward the base. Dandelion’s leaves, flower-stalks and the taproot exude a milky juice when cut.

Dandelion features yellow flowers that are produced on individual leafless stalks. It reproduces by seeds, which are brown with long white hairs. The seeds form spherical puffs at the tip of the stems, replacing the flowers. Seeds are disseminated by wind.

Dandelion Control -

Proper cultural practices, such as proper mowing and watering, can help to prevent Dandelion by creating dense turf, which inhibits the weed’s ability to grow. Physical removal (i.e. “weed pulling”) is generally ineffective, due to the risk of spreading the seeds to additional areas of your lawn and landscaping as well as the inability to fully remove the taproot.


Scotts LawnService uses a selective systemic weed control program to fight Dandelion in your lawn, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.

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