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Can a Dandelion be Several Feet Tall?

Monster dandelion, it's taller than me. How? Why? Please help.

Hardiness Zone: 7a

By Cheryl Crockett from Washington, DC

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May 12, 20100 found this helpful

Would you mind posting a picture of the plant? Doesn't sound like a dandelion, but some other plant species. Only place I can remotely imagine a dandelion growing that tall would be in the rain forest regions and nobody has ever shown one that large.

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August 5, 20180 found this helpful

Ive noticed the same thing here in VT all of the sudden they are almost 6 foot tall ones

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May 16, 20100 found this helpful

I submitted a picture with my original post and was surprised when it wasn't displayed.

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Here is a picture. I'm just under six feet tall and I am looking up to see the top of the plant (see the white door just behind it?).
It is clearly a dandelion. The stems are thicker than my finger. I am afraid it is going to try to eat the house!
Later, I will post a close-up picture of the yellow flowers and the white fluffy ones when they go to seed. Ironically, they are slightly smaller than the normal dandelion flowers. It sounds like I need to call my local agricultural experts.

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April 18, 20170 found this helpful

a thistle

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April 30, 20170 found this helpful

I have similar growing I my garden, it's about 5 foot tall. I thought it was a dandelion too as it has the thick hollow stems and yellow flowers thought the petals don't protrude as much as the dandelion.

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June 23, 20170 found this helpful

I was just looking at a plant like that but not as tall. It has a milky substance when it's broken which is supposed to be a pain reliever.

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Strong as a drug of some kind that is abused. Can't remember the name, opeum maybe if I spelled it right. I always use dandelion as medicine. It even helps me sleep.

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July 16, 20170 found this helpful

The plant with the milky substance is milkweed, it's the only plant the monarch butterfly has as its good source. Don't rub your eye, it will burn.

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September 10, 20170 found this helpful

My daughter in Overland Park, KS, has this in her yard this year for the first time. A horticulturalist said it is American Fireweed.

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Anonymous
April 13, 20180 found this helpful

That is milkweed not a dandelion.

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Anonymous
October 16, 20180 found this helpful

that is absolutely not a milkweed.

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April 18, 20190 found this helpful

Prickly Sow-thistle. It also is available as smooth Sow-thistle (an Irish plant) This is EDIBLE and can be used for humans and as green foraging plants for ducks!

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They LOVE the leaves and eat it to the ground!

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Anonymous
May 13, 20190 found this helpful

I have one like that growing at my porch. It's about 12 feet tall now.

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September 23, 20190 found this helpful

It's called wild lettus, in was used as a pain reliever similar to Morphin with the same properties.

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May 16, 20100 found this helpful

Not a dandelion. Flowers grow close to ground and are large, round and yellow, and have white puffy seed heads after blooming. The stem is hollow and could never stand upright if that tall.

This is considered a weed in my area. A fancy term is wild flower. I will try and see if I can locate the name of this plant life.

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May 18, 20101 found this helpful

I am from Minnesota and we call it a sow thistle. If it is a thistle, it should have stickers on it and you would have to wear gloves to dispose of it.

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April 18, 20190 found this helpful

This is DEFINITELY SOW THISTLE!

Thanks so much for identifying it! I have been looking for this plant but thought it was called "Texas Dandelion" as that is what we bought the seeds as over 10 years ago and we need some new seeds. NOW I know what I am looking for! These are EDIBLE!!! We use them for our Muscovy Ducks!!

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You can find sellers of the seeds on Amazon, Ebay and Etsy.

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May 19, 20100 found this helpful

Looks and sounds like Cat's-ear to me, or Hawk's-beard, but I've NEVER seen them that tall! Try looking up Hypochoeris radicata and Crepis biennis perhaps you have a giant version!
Marg from England

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May 20, 20102 found this helpful

It looks like prickly lettuce very hard to get rid of. I wouldn't let it go to seed as
you will have it all over and will never get rid of it.

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May 20, 20100 found this helpful

Cresses is the wild plant's name....growing all over pastures in OH right now. Has small multi yellow blossoms

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July 31, 20160 found this helpful

I have one thats over 7 feet tall

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June 21, 20170 found this helpful

Prickly lettuce, aka milk thistle. It has been very aggressive in the US these past couple of years.

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August 22, 20190 found this helpful

Prickly lettuce is able to destroy the opioid crisis in the US atm. Look up how to turn it in to a salve. We could take down the pharma industry if we took back the power of weeds to heal us.

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Good luck America.

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October 9, 20170 found this helpful

Looks like hawkweed to me.

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September 19, 20190 found this helpful

It is False Dandelion also know as Spotted Catsear.

www.weedalert.com/weeds-by-region.php?WEED_ID=57

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