Edible uses


Leaves - raw or cooked[K].

The following uses are also probably applicable to this species, though we have no records for them[K]: Root - cooked[1]. Flowers - raw or cooked[1]. The unopened flower buds can be used in fritters[1]. The whole plant is dried and used as a tea[2][1]. 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.




Material uses

The root is a source of a high quality latex, used in making rubber[3][4][5][6]. Yields between 150 and 500 kilos per hectare are possible[6][7]. The roots are harvested in the autumn, before any hard frosts which can destroy some of the latex. They are then macerated to extract the latex. The root is rich in the starch inulin. After the latex has been extracted, this inulin can be converted to alcohol and used as a fuel.


Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Taraxacum kok-saghyz.


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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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, though 2 weeks cold stratification may improve germination. 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.

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Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[3] but prefers a well-drained moisture retentive humus-rich soil in full sun or light shade[6]. Prefers a pH between 5.5 and 8.5[6]. Dislikes very heavy or compacted soils[6].

Top growth of seedlings is very slow at first until the root has developed[6]. It is advantageous to mark out the rows with a catch crop such as radishes or lettuce[6]. This plant used to be grown commercially in Russia as a rubber producing plant. It was trialed in various countries during the second world war and was found to yield a commercial harvest in Britain, Scandinavia and Northern N. America. In a trial in N. America plants grew better in the northern U.S.A. and S. Canada than they did in the south of the USA[8]. With the advent of cheap artificial rubber interest in this plant dwindled.

Many species in this genus produce their seed apomictically. This is an asexual method of seed production where each seed is genetically identical to the parent plant. Occasionally seed is produced sexually, the resulting seedlings are somewhat different to the parent plants and if these plants are sufficiently distinct from the parents and then produce apomictic seedlings these seedlings are, in theory at least, a new species.


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Taraxacum kok-saghyz
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


    1. ? Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (32202/01/01)
    2. ? 2.02.1 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (32202/01/01)
    3. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (32202/01/01)
    4. ? 4.04.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (32202/01/01)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (32202/01/01)
    6. ? Polhamus. L. G. Rubber: Botany, Cultivation and Utilization. ()
    7. ? 7.07.1 Hill. A. F. Economic Botany. The Maple Press (32202/01/01)
    8. ? Carruthers. S. P. (Editor) Alternative Enterprises for Agriculture in the UK. Centre for Agricultural Strategy, Univ. of Reading ISBN 0704909820 (32202/01/01)
    9. ? ? Flora Europaea Cambridge University Press (32202/01/01)

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    Has shade toleranceLight shade +
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