Member of the Asteraceae family. Common dandelion was introduced to the United States from Europe, and it typically reaches heights under 12 inches tall. It can be found in lawns and fields across the entire United States and is quite common. Pointed, basal leaves form a cluster round stems that terminate in a single flower. The stems release a milky fluid if broken. Flowers are bright yellow in color, are composed of a large cluster of ray florets, and give off a pleasant scent. Common dandelion has a large blooming period from early spring to late fall.