- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 3 - 10
- Height: 4 - 12 inches
- Bloom Season: Late spring to early fall
- Bloom Color: Yellow
- Environment: Full sun
- Soil Type: Rich, moist soil, pH 6.1 - 8.5
- Temperature: 68F
- Average Germ Time: 14 - 28 days: some seed may take up to 60 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: Surface sow and thinly cover seed
- Sowing Rate: 15 - 20 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 12 - 16 inches
Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale) - What many consider to be an obnoxious weed is actually a versatile herb that many gardeners enjoy in their herb gardens! Dandelion seeds will grow everywhere, and they are easy to establish and maintain. The leaves are dark green, long and lance-shaped. The Dandelion herb plant grows from a tightly formed rosette and has a deep, twisted tap root that is rather brittle and breaks easily. The yellow flower is well-recognized and grows on hallow stems that reach 4 to 12 inches in height.
Dandelion herbs are a widely used in the kitchen. The leaves are best when they are tender in the spring and again in the fall. They are packed with nutrients like vitamins, beta-carotene, iron and other minerals. Dandelion leaves are often added to tossed salads and the taste is very complementary to other greens. The leaves can also be steamed or sauteed with other vegetables for a side dish. The flowers are used in wine making, and the taproot is edible as well.
Dandelions are a medicinal herb in many cultures. Dandelion teas are said to improve the function of the liver and gallbladder and the production of bile. It is used to cleanse the kidneys and improve their function. The milky substance from the leaves is used to treat skin irritations and bug stings.
How To Grow Dandelion Herb From Seed: Start Dandelion seeds directly outdoors. Cover the herb seeds lightly and keep them moist. Position the Dandelion herb plants in full sun.