Dandelion on Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge
Dandelion (Taraxacum officianale) is one of the most recognized plants in North America. The bane of those desiring that perfect lawn. Dandelions are native to Eurasia, but have been introduced to North America, South America, India, Australia, New Zealand and probably anywhere else where Europeans have migrated. It's thought that the introduction of this species to North America was intentional, as people wanted a flower that reminded them of their old homes, and it was widely used medicinally. Once introduced, it spread across the Continents. Love it or hate it, dandelions provide some of the first flowers of the year for pollinators, especially in Urban environs.