Taraxacum officinale-----Family, Composite. Color, yellow.

Leaves, clustered at the root, variously cut and coarsely toothed. April to September.

This is one of the weeds that we love for its bright, golden face, and because it is one of our first flowers to awake from its winter nap and prophesy of coming spring. It is a native of Europe, but has occupied our American soil as far as to the the Rocky Mountains. Its young leaves are eaten. In fruit it forms a round head of evanescent seed, a flower bubble, the soft, feathery pappus being raised on a long beak. Many lawns are a mass of golden bloom with the dandelion. It not only comes early, finding warm, sunny corners in April, but it blooms solitary and audacious long after its true season is spent. The time for each blossom is short, the involucre at first closing; later, after the pappus has grown, opening, turning downward, leaving the seed wholly exposed to the breeze.