are NOT native to Missouri; they are introductions from
Europe and Eurasia. They are one of the most common
weeds in the United states.
and flower heads of young plants are edible and are often used
in salads. They are twice as rich as spinach in vitamin A.
Like chicory (another familiar weed), the roots have been
roasted and used as a substitute for coffee. Dandelion
wine (which is more like mead) is made from the flower heads.
are readily consumed by livestock, but have only fair forage
value. Rabbits, turkey, deer and small mammals eat the
leaves while prairie chickens prefer the seeds.