Featured Medicinal Herbs

Herb Seed

Product ID: 951

Culinary and medicinal.

Young leaves are used in salads. Roots are roasted for a coffee substitute. Avg. 47,800 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.


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DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-21 days. Germinates better in cool soils.

SOWING: Direct seed (recommended): Direct seed anytime after the last spring frost or plant 6 weeks before the first frost in the fall. Sow shallowly, as seed requires some light to germinate, one seed per inch. Thin plants to 4-6" apart in rows 12-18" apart.
Transplant: Can be sown in flats and transplanted outdoors at anytime. If you are growing for roots, it is best not to transplant, as transplanting disturbs the root shape.

DISEASE: Dandelion leaves are sometimes prone to mildew, which is exacerbated by humidity and any kind of plant stress. To reduce the likelihood of mildew, keep the soil moist, minimize overhead irrigation, and space plants at recommended distance to allow for good air circulation between the plants. Mildew on the leaves reduces root growth in proportion to the severity of the mildew.


Adaptable to most soil types, but produces larger roots in a rich, deep, moist soil.




HARVEST: Leaves are harvested when they are still tender and sweet, before flowering, during the first year.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Taraxacum officinale

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Quick Facts

Latin Name

Taraxacum officinale

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

95 to leaf harvest; 365 to root

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).


Hybrid Status

Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.

Open Pollinated