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Krigia biflora (Two-flower dwarf dandelion)
Moore, April

Krigia biflora

Krigia biflora (Walter) S.F. Blake

Two-flower Dwarf Dandelion, Two-flower Cynthia, Dwarf Dandelion

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Yellow-orange, dandelion-like flower heads atop a smooth forking stem; sap milky.

This native perennial is related to hawkweeds (Hieracium). The smaller Dwarf Dandelion (K. virginica), found in sandy sites, has a solitary flower head rising from a set of toothed or lobed basal leaves and is less than 1 foot (30 cm) tall. Potato Dandelion (K. dandelion), which has a large, solitary flower head on a leafless stem and a tuber 1/2-1 inch (1.5-2.5 cm) long just below the surface, is found from southern New Jersey south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to Missouri.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 28 inches tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CO , CT , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , PA , TN , VA , WI , WV
Canada: MB , ON
Native Distribution: Manitoba and Ontario; New York and Massachusetts south to Georgia, west to Oklahoma and Missouri, and north to Minnesota.
Native Habitat: Open woods and meadows.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Krigia biflora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Krigia biflora in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Krigia biflora


Record Modified: 2022-12-29
Research By: TWC Staff

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