Dandelion Taraxacum officinale has hollow stems with
a milky juice and leaves with jagged margins that give the
plant its name from the French "dent de lion" (lion's
tooth). The leaves form a flat rosette on the ground and
this plant is very successful at competing with other
species. The flowering heads have bright yellow ray
florets and the outer bracts under the head are turned
downwards. The leaves can be eaten and the flowers can be
used to make wine. Roasted roots were used as a coffee
substitute during the last World War.
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