Taraxacum aphrogenes (Paphos Dandelion)

Scientific Name

Taraxacum aphrogenes Meikle

Common Names

Paphos Dandelion

Scientific Classification

Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Cichorioideae
Tribe: Cichorieae
Subtribe: Crepidinae
Genus: Taraxacum

Flower

Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: October to December

Description

Taraxacum aphrogenes is a perennial, lactiferous, rosulate, hairless herb up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall. The leaves are all in rosette, simple, divided almost to midrib, into unequal, bluntish, suborbicular lobes, fleshy, oblong, up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) long and up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) wide. The flowers are yellow and flowering occurs for October to December.

Taraxacum aphrogenes - Paphos Dandelion
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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 4a to 8b: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 20 °F (−6.7 °C).

How to Grow and Care

At a very basic level, you don't need to do much to grow Dandelions. Chances are there is a whole yard full of them near where you live, perhaps even right outside your door, but it's likely that the Dandelion plants growing in your lawn are Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale subsp. vulgare). This is the most common variety of Dandelion, but there are thousands of varieties and cultivars to be found around the world. Common Dandelion has all the health benefits mentioned above, but they tend to be a bit more bitter than some of the other varieties of Dandelion you can buy.

Dandelions are by nature a very bitter green, but there are steps you can take to reduce how bitter it is. First, grow a less bitter variety. The right variety can make Dandelion greens taste much better than the wild variety growing in your yard.

Second, try growing Dandelions in the shade. This will blanch the leaves some and will result in a less bitter leaf. Alternately, you can manually blanch the Dandelion leaves by covering the plants a few days before you are ready to harvest… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Dandelion

Origin

Endemic to Cyprus.

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