Fall Dandelion


Fall Dandelion (Leontodon autumnalis) Sunflower family

Fall dandelion is a perennial plant that spreads from both rhizomes and seed. Leaves are clustered at the base of the plant and are deeply lobed. Thin stems arise directly from the basal rosette, which can have one to many yellow flower-heads. Plant stems have few leaves and do not exude a milky sap when broken.

Fall dandelion does not bloom until late in the growing season. This species is displacing grass species in pastures and rangeland on the Kenai Peninsula. It is likely being transported by humans with contaminated hay.

Fall dandelion is common along roads and hayfields in and around Homer and Anchor Point.

More information


U.S. Forest Service Kenai Watershed Forum National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Homer Soil and Water Conservation District UAF Cooperative Extension Service