My notes to identify Dandelions and Capeweeds that grow on our lawn.
Dandelion – Taraxacum officianale:
- European origin and regarded as weed in many parts of the world.
- The roots, leaves and flowers are edible, rich in vitamins and are known to have medicinal properties. Go online to find out more.
- Rosette leaves grow close to the soil surface, both sides are green and smooth.
- Toothed leaf edges point downward.
- Flowers grow on a long single stem that is leafless and hollow. The bright yellow petals are full with no center.
- Flowers will eventually change into a ball of white fluff that contain seeds.
Capeweed – Arctotis calendula, Arctotheca calendula or also known as Cape Daisy Weed, Cape Dandelion:
- South African origin and have spread to many parts of the world and regarded as weed, very invasive can easily smother green pasture and lawn.
- Neat rosette leaves grow very close to the soil surface.
- Smaller in size compared to Dandelions.
- Leaves look slightly similar to Dandelion, but shorter, coarser and the underneath is greyish and slightly furry.
- Flowers consist of single petals with black center. The petals are light yellow with deeper yellow colour around the bottom.
- The single stem is kind of rough and furry.
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