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    Desert Dandelions belong to the Sunflower family. They are found in Sonoran desert and Great Basin Desert of North America.

    Bright yellow flowers on branched stems bloom from March through June. A single plant can have many flower heads and each flower measure 1 to 1 and 1/2 inches wide.

    The plant grows to a height of 6 to 14 inches. The leaves are 3 to 5 inches long and divide into thread-like lobes.

    The fruits are topped with soft bristles and resemble seeds. In springs following wet winters, these flowers form brilliant patches of gold carpets on the sandy desert surface!

    Visalakshi Ramani