Plant ID forum: Identifying wild dandelion

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Cam850
Dec 27, 2017 6:57 PM CST
I live in north west florida and I am interested in foraging wild dandelion. I got three very large plants I believe may be dandelion in front of my sidewalk. I have done research but would like to be certain thanks!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 27, 2017 7:10 PM CST
Welcome!

Its not an edible dandelion - they don't grow that long flower stalk. The flowers come up singly along side the leaves.

It could be Prickly Lettuce, which is edible, depending upon how desperate you are. Smiling
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Cam850
Dec 27, 2017 7:20 PM CST
Thank you! I will check out this prickly lettuce, and would love other opinions about that. I am not desperate lol, but I am interested in the health benefits and actually I am making a salad from my garden and was thinking about adding it. Here's a pic of that salad. Don't laugh at my beets they are the smallest that shoulda got thinned a few weeks ago lol
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Dec 27, 2017 7:34 PM CST
Welcome!

I agree with Daisy, it's not a dandelion. It looks rather like it might be a kind of sow thistle to me. Prickly lettuce would have spines along the underside of the midrib.
Florida
Cam850
Dec 27, 2017 7:43 PM CST
I don't know if it is easy to tell from pictures or not but if it helps to identity the plant it does have dandelion type "wishballs"... thx again for the quick responses I enjoy gardening a lot and may become a regular here Group hug Thank You!
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ctcarol
Dec 27, 2017 7:57 PM CST
Stick around! This a very friendly, helpful group. Welcome!
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greene
Dec 27, 2017 8:25 PM CST
Yes, please stick around. We love to exchange information with new members.

Please, please, please do not eat/consume anything unless you are positive of the identification. Don't want you to get a sick stomach.

What have you planted in your garden?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 27, 2017 8:40 PM CST
BYW, don't throw out those baby beets (I know you are eating the greens). Raw beets are one of my favorites. Those baby beets look perfect to me. Lovey dubby
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Cam850
Dec 27, 2017 8:55 PM CST
Thanks for the support I as well do not want myself to get sick lol, that's why I wanted to go to a forum. As for my garden right this second I have beets, carrots, Swiss chard, ice burg lettuce, rose Mary, dill, parsley, green onions, garlic chives, pineapple sage as well as several types of thyme and mints and adormant potted red lime tree and pandora lemon tree, and pepper plants. I make teas and my own hot sauces when season is in. I actually had so many plants this year I had More than I knew what to do with. I want to have a aquaponics garden by next season and try to sell to local farmers markets. As we have several.
Florida
Cam850
Dec 27, 2017 8:57 PM CST
Baby beets are safe they got added to salad as well as a sweet pepper Hurray! here are some more pics and the stuff in the strainer is the last tiny pic of peppers and such before our first actual freeze which was recent
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Name: Deborah
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Saltflower
Dec 27, 2017 9:41 PM CST
Don't overdo the dandelions when you have them. They're high in oxalic acid. If you have pet rabbits you have to be careful of that plus the high calcium.

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