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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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