Surely not a Pink Dandelion !

Years ago, when I was first making this garden, I was given a small pot with what looked like a dandelion in it and told that it was very special.

Crepis incana

Sure enough, when it flowered, it was special – it was PINK !!

Crepis incana

Thank goodness though, it does not set seed and therefore is never a pest. It’s latin name is Crepis incana and it is a Greek dandelion.

Crepis incana

It has taken at least 15 years to grow into the clump that you see. I think that now maybe I can risk splitting it and putting some on our alpine scree. Thank goodness I listened to the person who gave it to me – otherwise it would have gone on the compost heap !

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10 Responses to Surely not a Pink Dandelion !

  1. debsgarden says:

    I have never heard of a Greek dandelion. The color is very nice!

  2. catmint says:

    what a divine delicate looking flower – if it’s a dandelion then you can also use the leaves in salads and tea I suppose? Good luck with the dividing.

    • Pauline says:

      What a good idea Catmint, never thought of eating the leaves ! I’m a bit wary of digging the plant up to split it, think I will just go in from the side and try to remove a piece, hope that works, if not , then I will still have the original plant won’t I ?!

  3. You could ask Ellada . She lives in Greece.

  4. Christina says:

    I’ve never seen this plant before, it is charming. I imagine it would like my hot sun if it comes from Greece. Does it really not set any seed at all? I would like to try it, I’ll add it to my list of plants to try if I find them. thanks for sharing this oddity. Christina

    • Pauline says:

      Yes, Christina, I think it would like more sun than we have here. I have tried sowing what I thought were seeds, but nothing came up. There have also never been any seedlings when I have forgotten to dead head the plant – hope you find it and that it isn’t a nuisance for you!

  5. Christina says:

    I just looked it up and the RHS say most species self seed freely, so I will look for seed althought they also say it should be sown as soon as its ripe. It is a very nice looking plant I would really like to try it. Christina

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