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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
May 5, 2015 7:35 PM CST
Ocassionally I find dandelions with a red leaf. I was wondering why this happens?
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
May 6, 2015 12:53 PM CST
Any guesses?
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greene
May 6, 2015 1:02 PM CST
It looks like a dead leaf on a dandelion growing as a weed in a lawn...in the rain.
If you want to grow 'red dandelions' it is a different plant. The Italian red dandelion has green leaves and red midribs.
http://www.johnnyseeds.com/c-432-italian-dandelion.aspx
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Bonehead
May 6, 2015 1:04 PM CST
No clue, Keith, but pretty cool.
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
May 6, 2015 2:06 PM CST
[quote="greene"]It looks like a dead leaf on a dandelion growing as a weed in a lawn...in the rain.
If you want to grow 'red dandelions' it is a different plant. The Italian red dandelion has green leaves and red midribs.
]http://www.johnnyseeds.com/c-432-italian-dandelion.aspx[/quo...

The leaf is attatched and alive, I just finished watering the lawn.
Name: Cindy
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Shadegardener
May 6, 2015 2:46 PM CST
Hmm - was this an old leaf from last year that might have been buried under the snow during winter?
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keithp2012
May 6, 2015 9:12 PM CST
Shadegardener said:Hmm - was this an old leaf from last year that might have been buried under the snow during winter?


No, and I have hundreds of dandelions around and I rarely find a red leaf on any. Would be cool if it's genetic and we could create red leaved dandelions!
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
May 6, 2015 9:20 PM CST
Found this photo on another site, but it doesn't explain the red leaves.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
May 6, 2015 9:24 PM CST
My orchids develop red leaves in the winter if they are starved for magnesium. If you have some Epsom Salts, you could try watering the plant with a mild solution, about a tablespoon per gallon. It won't hurt it and if it is magnesium deficiency, the red leaf will turn green in a week or less.
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KentPfeiffer
May 6, 2015 9:35 PM CST

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Usually, when you see red leaves like that in a wild plant, it's a result of a viral infection. It's fairly common and, if you look closely, you'll notice similar things in a number of different plant species.
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Shadegardener
May 7, 2015 7:54 AM CST
Interesting about the viral infection.
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Swayback
May 10, 2015 6:10 PM CST
Last year I found some dandys that appeared to have genetic red in the leaves, blotches, a dark blood red, not at all the same bright red all over the leaf... There were dozens of them in one area, presumably where the mother seeded... I forgot about them and when I looked a few weeks ago I couldn't find any, I'm afraid we may have killed them with the yearly cultivating we do it that field... I really meant to snag a few to see if it stayed true and was in fact genetic, but from what I saw, I'm quite confident it was.
I also have some with gigantism... They have very funky cut leaves, many extra teeth, in summer I counted almost 100 leaves on one plant, it was 14" inches across and regularly makes crested blooms, the ones with a big flat flower stalk...
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Swayback
May 11, 2015 12:23 PM CST
It's hard to see due to the grass but all those seed heads are from one plant! None of the others in that area can even muster up 1 bloom!
You can well see this ones ready to rock! It's the one I mentioned in my above post, with very serrated leaves, once I start mowing that area they'll really take off, and stool up so you can see them and see how different that one really is!

The single leaf I plucked and pictured is actually rather small for this plant.

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Swayback
May 11, 2015 3:23 PM CST
It's hard to see due to the grass but all those seed heads are from one plant! None of the others in that area can even muster up 1 bloom!
You can well see this ones ready to rock! It's the one I mentioned in my above post, with very serrated leaves, once I start mowing that area they'll really take off, and stool up so you can see them and see how different that one really is!

The single leaf I plucked and pictured is actually rather small for this plant.

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