This plant has a mild fragrance
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White Dandelion Overview
A variety of dandelion, this cross between T. coreanum and T. japonicum is white flowering and self fertile producing the familiar clock. It is grown for it's medicinal qualities and also used as a culinary herb.
Common problems with White Dandelion
Generally pest and and disease free.
How to harvest White Dandelion
The leaves are best harvested when the plant is young and tender (and less bitter). You can harvest the greens throughout the growing season. Roots can be harvested in the fall of the second year of growth. Pull the entire root from the ground and avoid breakage.
How to propagate White Dandelion
Sow seed in spring in a cold frame. Sow seed onto an all-purpose compost in deep pots, to accommodate the roots, or straight onto open soil.
Divide in early spring as the plant comes into growth.
Bits of roots remaining in the soil will grow into a new plants.
Special features of White Dandelion
Repels harmful insects
The milky latex has been used as a mosquito repellent.
Attracts useful insects
Insects such as butterflies, bees and moths enjoy visiting the bright white flowers.
Can be grown in a large container in order to prevent it from spreading, but also for aesthetic purposes. Provide sufficient drainage holes.
Other uses of White Dandelion
Used in herbal medicine to treat infections, bile and liver problems, as a mild laxative, for increasing appetite, for improving digestion and as a diuretic.
The flowers are used to make dandelion wine and jam, the greens are used in salads, the roots have been used to make a coffee substitute.