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Common Dandelion

Tarasacum officinale
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Habitat: Widespread across our region, introduced species often found in cultivated or disturbed land.

Description: Lance or spoon shaped leaves at the base of plant.  Deep green in color.  Single headed, yellow flowers 30-50mm across.

Size: 5-40cm tall.

Fun Facts: Dandelions can be eaten raw in salads or cooked and eaten.

Source:  Johnson D., L. Kershaw, A. MacKinnon, and J. Pojar. Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland.  1995.  Lone Pine Publishing

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Arctic Blue
Agriades franklinii

Habitat:  The Arctic Blue can be found throughout Alberta, except for in the mountains.  The Arctic Blue prefers open, dry, sandy places and gets its name from its large habitat range that continues all the way into the Arctic islands.

Description:  Mostly a dingy blue in color, on the underside of the hind wings can be found white spotting

Size:  25-30mm...

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