Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Virginia Dwarf Dandelion (Krigia virginica)

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May 29, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire I kept thinking that this might be Red-Seeded Dandelion (Taraxacum laevigatum) because it looked like a small dandelion. There were hundreds of these plants by a farm and a few by my home. I went through the entire key for the Aster Family (Asteraceae) to confirm identification!

If you look at the pictures below, you can see closeups of the pappus. A pappus is a modified outer whorl of flowers of the Asteraceae family. It consists of the achene (seed) with bristles or scales at the top of the achene. This species has five white scales (that look a bit like flower petals) and five long bristles. A related species, Two-Flowered Dwarf Dandelion (Krigia biflora) has 10 scales and 20-35 long bristles.