Taraxacum albidum care infographicThe Taraxacum Albidum plants are white dandelions from the dandelion plant family. A variety of the common yellow dandelion, the Taraxacum Albidum plant, has a similar appearance to its cousin.

The flowers, roots, and seed types are all alike except that the blooms are white. We will be focusing on what makes this particular species special.

What Is a Taraxacum Albidum?

The Taraxacum Albidum is a hardy evergreen perennial that grows quickly and spreads rapidly, making it a low-maintenance plant and ground cover for many gardens. The humble yet delightful dandelion has many amazing uses, making this evergreen plant a pleasant surprise when it pops up in your home.

Taraxacum Albidum Care

Caring for the Taraxacum Albidum is relatively easy, as the plant requires very little care to flourish and flower. Extremely easy to maintain, some gardeners have used the plant as a groundcover in natural landscaping. Some gardeners also use the dandelion as a pollination attractant for beneficial insects and a pest repellant for certain insects.

– Water

The Taraxacum Albidum prefers consistent moisture, and regular watering is ideal for keeping the soil moist but not waterlogged.

The plant appreciates abundant watering in the summer heat, where the sun could cause the plant’s leaves to wither. Keeping the root system of the plant hydrated during this time can help the plant retain its overall health.

– Light

The Taraxacum Albidum loves high levels of sun exposure and thrives greatly in sunny spots and under sunny conditions. It prefers eight to 10 hours of daily sunlight. Despite its preference for long light exposures, the dandelion can adjust and grow happily even under lower light levels.

– Soil

The Taraxacum Albidum prefers a soil rich in humus that drains quickly. The Taraxacum Albidum is also not very picky about the pH of the soil either, as the plant has been found to thrive well in acidic, neutral, and alkaline soils.

The White Dandelion is recommended to be potted to contain it and prevent it from taking over the whole garden. Potting also provides an aesthetic purpose. Gardeners are encouraged to repot Taraxacum Albidum plants once they grow over the container.

– Temperature

The Taraxacum Albidum can adapt to a variety of weather conditions. In North America, the dandelion can be found in USDA zones 3 through 9. While the plant may tolerate soil temperatures down to 50 F, the dandelion grows best in temperatures around 70 F or higher.

This preference for warmer temperatures is the reason why regions with colder climates only see the Taraxacum Albidum pop up during the summer.

– Humidity

The Taraxacum Albidum is a hardy evergreen perennial plant. The White Dandelion does not require special humidity levels as it has been found to thrive well in humid and dry environmental conditions.

– Fertilizer

The Taraxacum Albidum does not necessarily require special fertilization. This hardy perennial evergreen can be quite content without any fertilizers, although it does appreciate feedings as well.

Like most evergreen plants, the White Dandelion can grow healthier if given fertilizers high in nitrogen.

Fertilize Taraxacum Albidum

Organic fertilizers are best when the plant’s leaves, flowers, and roots are going to be consumed. Decaying organic matter mixed into the soil is an excellent method to introduce organic fertilizers for the plant.

– Rest Period

The Taraxacum Albidum is a hardy evergreen perennial plant that dies back in winter. Under the ground, the roots of the dandelion are very much alive and are under a period of dormancy while the cold season is ongoing. The nutrients are stored in the roots during this period and are used to grow leaves once warmer seasons approach.

In warmer regions, the White Dandelion does not die back and continues to flourish.

Propagation

The hardy perennial plant produces Taraxacum Albidum seeds asexually. This means that most of the flowers produce seeds without the aid of insect pollination. Some flowers may require pollination to produce seeds, which make them ideal candidates for hybrids.

By Seed

After the flower opens, the seed heads emerge, which consist of numerous fruits with single seeds. The seeds are attached to a halo of fine hairs, which enable the wind to disperse the seeds over long distances. Once landed, the seeds stay dormant until the autumn season arrives where they quickly establish themselves in the ground.

By Plant Division

Propagation of the White Dandelion is quite easy. Aside from seeds, the plant can be successfully reproduced through plant division, preferably in the early spring.

Planting Taraxacum Albidum by Plant Division

Cuttings of the Taraxacum Albidum roots sown into the soil will encourage new plants to grow.

Features of the Taraxacum Albidum

– Name Origins

The Taraxacum Albidum is commonly called the White Dandelion. The name dandelion can be traced to its French name, “dent de lion,” which means “tooth of the lion.” This is in reference to the jagged texture of the leaves that resemble lions’ teeth.

Taraxacum traces its roots to the Arabic word “tarakh shagog.” Some sources include the Medieval Latin word “tarascon” as a source for the scientific name. Both the Arabic and Medieval Latin words are thought to derive from the Persian word “talkh chakok,” which means “bitter herb.”

Albidum is derived from the Latin wordalba,” which means “white.”

– Size

The Taraxacum Albidum can grow to a height of 12 inches since it can grow quickly and spread rapidly. Its growth habit is through the formation of rosettes, where it can swiftly overtake an area if left unchecked.

– Leaves

The evergreen Taraxacum Albidum leaves are deep and lobed, which form a rosette base that produces long, downy flower stalks. The edges of the leaves are jagged, and the outer green bracts curve gently from the flower. Usually, the hollow flowering stalk produces only one flower. Typically, the largest leaf is found in the outermost lobe.

The deep green leaves of the Taraxacum Albidum are quite versatile. The young leaves may be used in fresh salads to provide a slightly bitter taste to offset and enhance the richer flavors present in the food. The leaves contain high levels of vitamins A and C and also provide iron, phosphorus, and potassium.

– Roots

The Taraxacum Albidum roots are fine, fibrous, and unbranched. The plant’s root system consists mostly of one thick main root that grows under the soil vertically. Some feeder roots extend from the base to absorb nutrients and water.

The dried roots of the White Dandelion may be boiled to make a coffee substitute.

– Flowers

The Taraxacum Albidum flowers are produced on single smooth stems that rise from the base of the leaf rosette formation of the plant. Each stalk produces only one flower, and the flower head consists of many fine, white florets which develop from a bud made up of narrow green bracts.

Flowers of Taraxacum Albidum

The flowers of the Taraxacum Albidum are used in many ways. Unopened flower buds are fried in fritters, while the opened flowers are boiled to make a pleasant-tasting tea. The tea is bright yellow and is often described as slightly sweet, with a charming floral flavor and a mild body in taste.

 

The flowers are pure white and sometimes cream. The White Dandelion normally produces flowers from May to October.

– Habitat

The Taraxacum Albidum is thought to originate from the woodland forests, dirt roadsides, and open meadows of Eastern Asia. Due to its adaptability, the plant has quickly spread, with some countries considering it a foreign invasive weed species.

– Health Benefits

The Taraxacum Albidum is used in traditional herbal concoctions such as teas, tinctures, infusions, poultices, and powder. The purported health benefits of the dandelion root powder include:

  • Clears skin
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Eases heartburn
  • Treats Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Treats Diabetes

Dandelion tea works as a caffeine substitute and helps in water weight reduction, better liver conditions, improved digestive system, and urinary tract infection prevention. The White Dandelion leaves may be boiled as well to be used as a tonic for the human digestive system.

It should be noted that if taken for health reasons, consultations with physicians are highly encouraged to consider if the items do not pose a danger to overall health.

FAQ

Does Taraxacum Albidum attract mosquitoes?

Taraxacum Albidum does not typically attract mosquitoes as it lacks the attributes that typically attract them.

Can you eat raw Taraxacum Albidum buds?

Yes, raw Taraxacum Albidum buds are edible and can be consumed.

Is Taraxacum Albidum invasive?

Taraxacum Albidum is not considered invasive and does not exhibit aggressive spreading tendencies in natural habitats.

Conclusion

The Taraxacum Albidum is easy to grow because of its hardiness and quick adaptability to various climatic and environmental conditions. Let’s go over what we’ve learned about this humble useful plant:

  • The Taraxacum Albidum is a hardy evergreen perennial that grows quickly and spreads rapidly, making it a low-maintenance plant and ground cover for many gardens.
  • The White Dandelion has various anecdotal health benefits, which have encouraged many gardeners to cultivate the plant. Consultations with physicians are highly encouraged for those who wish to consume the plant for perceived health benefits.
  • Other gardeners prefer to use the plant to attract beneficial insects and repel pests.
  • The Taraxacum Albidum is easy to care for and easy to propagate. It can be considered an invasive weed species by some gardeners and in some countries.

The modest Taraxacum Albidum can sometimes be overlooked by many gardeners. Due to its many purported health benefits, many have reconsidered their views and have begun planting this as an ornamental. Whichever way, the unassuming White Dandelion has many things to offer gardeners!

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