Herb latin name: Taraxacum hybernum

Family: Compositae

Edible parts of Taraxacum hybernum:

The following uses are also probably applicable to this species, though we have no records for them. Leaves - raw or cooked. Root - cooked. Flowers - raw or cooked. The unopened flower buds can be used in fritters. The whole plant is dried and used as a tea. A pleasant tea is made from the flowers. The leaves and the roots can also be used to make tea. The root is dried and roasted to make a coffee substitute.

Description of the plant:


Habitat of the herb:

Saline soils.

Other uses of Taraxacum hybernum:

A latex obtained by maceration of the root is used to make a high quality rubber.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and either surface-sow or only just cover the seed. Make sure the compost does not dry out. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, choosing relatively deep pots to accommodate the tap root. Plant them out in early summer. Division in early spring as the plant comes into growth.

Cultivation of Taraxacum hybernum:

Saline soils.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Taraxacum hybernum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.