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.
Flower - Dandelion - Taraxacum officianale

Flower – Dandelion – Taraxacum officianale

Underside Dandelion Flower

Underside Dandelion Flower

Dandelion - Taraxacum officianale

Dandelion – Taraxacum officianale

Edible Dandelion leaves that can can be used as salad

Dandelion leaves

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.
Capeweed - Pretty flower

Capeweed – Pretty flower

Capeweed Flower

Capeweed Flower

Capeweed Arctotheca calendula

Capeweed Arctotheca calendula

Previous blog about similar subject:

https://kiyanti2008.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/wild-and-pretty-weeds/