How many of you think of weeds when you hear the word dandelion? Any hands up? When I was growing up decades ago, my friends and I sat in the yard and pulled dandelion flowers for a little bouquet. There were lots in the school playground. Did you know it is not native to North America and that pioneers brought dandelions seeds with them to grow as much of the plant is edible?
Common dandelion is an introduced plant in North America. In the mid-1600s, European settlers brought the common dandelion (scientific name, Taraxacum officinale) to eastern America and cultivated it in their gardens for food and medicine. Since then it has spread across the continent as a weed.