Dandelions : Taraxacum
Plant : The Dandelion is hated by gardeners but should be loved by beekeepers. It can be a valuable source of pollen for bees, when other forage is limited. The plant consists of a rosette of leaves at the base. A single stem emerges from this base, which produces a solitary head. The yellow flowering head develops into a sphere of white hairs which enable the seed to spread by the wind. It belongs to the Asteraceae family. Its habitat includes road side verges, pasture and gardens.
Flower : It flowers from March to October. Individual flower heads are up to 4 cm across. The composite head is made up of numerous small florets.
Pollen : Click here to see more about Taraxacum pollen.
Click here to return to plants for bees index.