Krigia virginica
(Dwarf Dandelion)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Dwarf Dandelion, Virginia Dwarf Dandelion
    Synonyms: Hyoseris virginica
    Lifespan: Annual
    Zones: N/A
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - October
    Status: Native

Krigia virginica, or Dwarf Dandelion, is an annual native to most of the Eastern United States. It grows in sandy, open areas, often in acidic soil. It is particularly fond of disturbed soil, and is frequently found in combination with Nuttallanthus canadensis, which also prefers disturbed sites.

This plant has several close cousins in the Krigia genus, as well as other similar species that look like it. It can be distinguished by several features:

  • it has an overall small appearance, sometimes plants are only a couple inches tall
  • its small leaves have a divided, dandelion look to them, and are often almost a borderline aqua color
  • the seed has 5 bristles coming out of it (in members of the Asteraceae family, this is called a pappus - usually it is a feathery or bristle-like structure connected to the seed)
  • its short-lived annual nature

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