Pyrrhopappus carolinianus

False Dandelion, Carolina Dessert Chickory

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Also known as Borkhausia caroliniana

Plant Specifics

Size:2 ft
Life Span:Annual
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:
Phenology:Winter dormant, blooms early spring
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Roadside plantings or meadow.
Considerations:Is often considered a weed.
Propagation:Seeds. It will self-seed.
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable



Attracts pollinators.

Native Habitats:Disturbed areas

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Cherokee used to make infusion, taken to purify blood.
General Comments:Basal rosette has weedy appearance.