Taraxacum officinale


Other common names:

Lion's tooth, puffball, blowball, and monk's head.



  • Dandelion is a perennial that grows best in moist areas in full sun.
  • Leaves are clustered in a rosette at the base of the plant. Leaves are smooth, with deeply serrated margins and consist of pointed lobes (different to catsear weed).
  • There are five distinct visible growing stages of a Dandelion's lifecycle: i) plant, ii) plant flowering, iii) seed head developing, iv) seeds developing and v) seeds been dispersed by wind or other means to commence the cycle again.
  • Flowering stalks terminate in a compound inflorescence or head that contains 100 to 300 ray flowers and looks like a characteristic puffball. Each ray flower has a strap-shaped yellow petal with five notches at the tip.
  • Seed is easily dispersed by wind.


Susceptible Turf:

All warm- and cool-season turfgrass varieties.


Control options:

  • Pesticides: See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Nil.
  • Mechanical: Physical removal of the weed and tap root by hand. Control should be undertaken before the plants seeding lifecycle commences.



  • Letchamo, W., and A. Gosselin. 1996. Light, temperature and duration of storage govern the germination and emergence of Taraxacum officinale seed. J. of Hort. Sci. 71(3):373-377.
  • Mitich, L. W. 1989. Common dandelion--the lion's tooth. Weed Tech. 3:537.



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