Common Dandelion Taraxacum officinale Wiggers subsp. officinaleNon-nativeSynonyms: Leontodon taraxacum,  Taraxacum taraxacum.

Status:

Common and widespread in Maryland, especially in lawns and disturbed areas.

Description:

Best distinguished from Red-seed Dandelion by seed color. Common Dandelion seeds are brown, while Red-seeded are reddish (see comparison image). Differences in leaf shape are also useful.

Relationships:

Host plant for various moth species including Wavy-lined Emerald Moth (Database of World's Lepidopteran Host Plants).

There are 220 records in the project database.

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Common Dandelion in Prince George's Co., Maryland (4/4/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Common Dandelion blooming in Kent Co., Maryland (4/1/2016). Photo by Nancy Martin. (MBP list)

A Common Dandelion blooming in Prince George's Co., Maryland (4/13/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A comparison of Red-seeded Dandelion and Common Dandelion at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (5/4/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Common Dandelion (right) and Red-seeded Dandelion (left) in Caroline Co., Maryland (5/5/2013). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Common Dandelion (right) and Red-seeded Dandelion (left) growing in Calvert Co., Maryland (4/18/2017). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

Common Dandelion growing in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/23/2016). Photo by Derek Hudgins. (MBP list)

Common Dandelion in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/2/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Common Dandelion growing in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/28/2017). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

Common Dandelion in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/1/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Common Dandelion growing in Dorchester Co., Maryland (4/2/2016). Photo by Nancy Martin. (MBP list)

Common Dandelion growing in Frederick Co., Maryland (4/27/2017). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

Common Dandelion in Montgomery Co., Maryland (5/30/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Common Dandelion in Frederick Co., Maryland (5/27/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Common Dandelion in Washington Co., Maryland (5/27/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Common Dandelion in Talbot Co., Maryland (5/21/2017). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)


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