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reinbeau:
Yep, that's a dandelion, it must be a natural variation.

patook:

--- Quote from: reinbeau on May 05, 2009, 04:52:01 pm ---Yep, that's a dandelion, it must be a natural variation.

--- End quote ---

Wow, my field is filled with this variation. I am very glad they are dandelions.  Last year my wife and daughter went to parks and collected dandelion seeds to scatter on my property, but they were the "normal" looking dandelions.

dragonfly:
patook- that is called Texas Dandelion (Pyrrhopappus multicaulis), also called false dandelion and pata de Leon.
True dandelion is Taraxacum officionale. This is the one that has edible leaves. The Texas dandelion green is edible, but has to be parboiled due to the bitterness.

patook:
Is it as good a pollen/nectar source as the true ?

dragonfly:
I have both varieties here, and what I have observed is a definite preference for the common dandelion. I see tiny solitary bees working the Tx variety more often than honeybees.

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