Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Virginia Dwarf-dandelion - Krigia virginica   (L.) Willdenow
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Author(L.) Willdenow
DistributionThroughout the state. This is one of our most adaptable and widespread natives, often acting as a weed.

ME to MN, south to central FL and TX.
AbundanceCommon nearly statewide; fairly common to common in the mountains, though scarce at high elevations.
HabitatSandy to rocky, dry to mesic soils of oak-hickory woodlands, pine-hardwoods, outcrops, clearings, roadsides, powerlines, fields, fallow cropfields, waste places.
See also Habitat Account for General Successional Fields and Forblands
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting late March-July. Flowers when stems are short; by the time fruits are ripe, the stems are long.
IdentificationVirginia Dwarf-dandelion is our smallest Krigia species, often beginning to flower when the stems are 2 inches long; however, when in fruit, stems may reach 1.5 feet! Heads are solitary, only about 2/3-inch across. Leaves are all basal or near-basal, linear to lance-shaped, margins sinuate to somewhat lobed.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

Other Common Name(s)Often just called Dwarf Dandelion, but this (dwarf-dandelion) is the group name for all of our Krigia species.
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