Dandelion is a common weed with a large yellow flower often found in lawns.

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Dandelion is a very common perennial weed, with a well-known large yellow flower. Dandelion is often found in lawns and grasslands. Dandelion weed can be identified quite easy as it contains a milky sap. It has a large taproot and the leaves have a backward-directed pointed leaflet lobe. Similar looking weeds include catsear, hawkbeard, hawkbit, sow thistle and oxtongue.


In lawns

In garden beds

  • Spot treat with Weed Weapon Extra Strength, Weed Weapon Rapid Action or painted with Weed Weapon Invade Gel. Weed Weapon is systemic and kills weeds down to the roots within 2-4 days and is an ideal product for use around established trees and shrubs. It is inactive in the soil so planting can be safely carried out soon after treatment.
  • For a fast acting organic solution use Kiwicare Weed Weapon Natural Power.
  • For best results use in Spring and Autumn when weeds and turf are growing.

In paths and driveways

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  • The name dandelion comes from the French dent-de-lion, meaning lion's tooth, referring to the tooth-like edges of the leaves.
  • The common dandelion is the species Taraxacum officinale. Taraxacum is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. Taraxacum are native to Eurasia and North America, and two species, Taxacarm officinale and Taxacarum erythrospermum are found as weeds worldwide including New Zealand.

There are five similar species with dandelion like flower heads:

  • Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) have a single large flowerhead at the end of a short hollow stem which exudes white sap when cut.
  • Hawksbeard (Crepis capillaris) has smaller flowerheads on taller, leafy, branched stems.
  • Hawkbit (Leontontodon taraxacoides) are large and are at the top of solide, leafless, unbranched stems.
  • Catsear (Hypochaeris radicata) has tall little branched, leafless stems.
  • Oxtongue (Helminthotheca echioides) has tall, stiff, bristled hairy stems and leaves.


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