Q: Did something happen to the dandelions over this cold winter? Mine are shaped different this year, more like daisies. The dandelions in my son’s yard are, too.
— Jean Schwabe
A: It appears you have a different species of dandelion than what we commonly see in our area, said Cathy Herms, a weed researcher at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center near Wooster. The most common dandelion here is Taraxacum officinale, but some other types of Taraxacum show up now and then, she said.
Herms said her department is building a dandelion seed inventory for research purposes and was quite interested in including seeds from your dandelions.
Although Herms confirmed your weeds are dandelions, it’s worth noting that some people confuse dandelions with two other similar-looking plants, common catsear and yellow hawkweed.
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