False Dandelions

Pyrrhopappus carolinianus fake dandelion flower
Pyrrhopappus carolinianus

Pyrrhopappus Carolinianus, commonly called "Carolina desert-chicory", or "Texas dandelion" is in the genus Pyrrhopappus of the family Asteraceae or Compositae. It's one species commonly mistaken for the true dandelion. It is a weedy annual found in mostly open grasslands and wet roadsides, and is native throughout Eastern and South Eastern United States.

P. carolinianus can bloom from spring to frost with the heads facing the sun throughout the day. Pyrrhopappus carolinianus can have more than one erect, flowering stem that can grow up to 50 cm. in length. The leaves are deeply lobed 5-15 cm. long. The smaller upper leaves are slightly indented. The yellow flowers can be up to 3.75 cm. in width. Because it is in the family Asteraceae, it has rays and disc flowers, both of which are yellow.   {More About Pyrrhopappus Carolinianus}


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