Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Potato Dwarf-dandelion - Krigia dandelion   (L.) Nuttall
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Author(L.) Nuttall
DistributionMostly Piedmont; sparingly in the upper Piedmont and outer Coastal Plain. Collected from a roadside in Pender County. Records from Buncombe, Graham, and Macon counties are misidentifications of K. montana.

NJ to IL and KS, south to northern FL and eastern TX.
AbundanceFairly common to common in the eastern and central Piedmont. Rare in the upper Piedmont, the western edge of the Coastal Plain, and the lower Coastal Plain. Often forms patches or colonies of plants, propagating by tubers.
HabitatMesic to moist soils of pine-deciduous woodlands, open hardwoods, rocky slopes, openings, roadsides, and weedy fields.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-May.
IdentificationThis large-headed dwarf-dandelion resembles Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) in its solitary heads and in lacking stem leaves. It is readily separated by its essentially solid stems (vs. hollow) and its narrow leaves that are much less dissected. As it often grows to 1.5 feet tall, it can be a striking plant, at least when a group of plants is found.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

Other Common Name(s)Colonial Dwarf-dandelion
State RankS4? [S4S5]
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorriePiedmont, roadside of Reynolds Mill Road, Apr 2017. MoorePhoto_natural
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