Dandelion

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Taraxacum officinale

Dandelion is often thought of as an invasive weed, but its ability to detoxify the liver and help stop indigestion, bloating, and constipation makes it a valuable addition to your garden. While the root offers medicinal properties, the greens make an iron-rich addition to salads, and the fragrant yellow flowers provide pollinators with a good source of nectar.
Parts Used: Roots and sap
Precautions: Dandelions are generally considered safe, but ensure that the ones you harvest have not been exposed to herbicide or pesticide.
Identifying/Growing: Long, toothy leaves and fluffy, bright yellow flowers make the dandelion easy to identify. You can encourage dandelions to populate your lawn and garden by skipping herbicides. When harvesting roots and other plant parts, be sure to leave a few plants behind and let them go to seed so that you’ll have plenty of dandelions next year.

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