Dwarf false dandelion is a neat, smooth, compact little plant with little of the weedy quality which the common dandelion often has, Krigia, in fact, is not in the dandelion family, even though it is a Composite, but is more closely related to chickory and hawkbit.
Krigia biflora (Walt.) Blake.
May - June Rocky ravines.
In a rocky glen below a plowed field, a place where stones cling to the slopes or move downward through the annual activity of water and wind and freezing and thawing, the taproots of dwarf false dandelion go deeply into the soil in search of food and water. The leaves are mostly basal, smooth, tapered, light blue-green with a pinkish midrib. Often on a flower stem there is a clasping or almost perfoliate leaf a few inches above the base, but most of the slim, smooth flower stems are without leaves. The stems curve, wave in the summer wind that blows down the stony ravine. In the blaze of sunshine they stand tall with a single flower, or two or three, seldom more.
The flowers are an inch broad with rectangular yellow rays and a tufted center of staminate and pistillate flowers. It is a delicate blossom on a delicate stem, a plant which seems more at home in shady woods than out there on the stony slopes in the full heat of the June sunshine.
The Carolina dwarf dandelion (Krigia virginica) is shorter than the above and grows as an annual plant on open sandy fields, principally along the larger rivers. It has a small rosette similar to the common dandelion, from which spring several slender stems, each of which bears a head of yellow strap-shaped flowers.