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Krigia dandelion (Potato dwarf dandelion)
Smith, R.W.

Krigia dandelion

Krigia dandelion (L.) Nutt.

Potato Dwarf Dandelion, Potato Dandelion

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Cynthia dandelion


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Krigia dandelion has a large, solitary flower head on a leafless stem and a tuber 1/2-1 inches (1.5-2.5 cm) long just below the surface. It is found from southern New Jersey south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to Missouri.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 20 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


USA: AL , AR , DC , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NJ , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA

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.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Pineywoods Native Plant Center - Nacogdoches, TX

Web Reference

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

Additional resources

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


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

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