Taraxacum officinale - Hardy herbaceous perennial herb. 50 cms height Full sun to part shade. The whole plant is edible, being high in essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Also an excellent medicinal plant. The deep tap roots act as a soil improver, bringing up nutrients and nitrogen from deep in the soil. A great animal fodder plant, full of nutrients and medicinal value for them. Will grow in most soils, and will even grow in coastal gardens. A liquid fertilizer can be made from the leaves and roots. A red brown dye can be made from the roots. A good food plant for honey bees. Above is only a very brief summary of the many beneficial uses of Dandelion. Often dismissed as a weed, Dandelion deserves to be grown more for its many great properties.