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Asteraceae / Cichorioideae
The Chicory subfamily includes a variety of plants with dandelion-like flowers. The ray flowers typically overlap all the way to the center. The petals have strap-like, parallel edges with squared-off ends. The stems and leaves of all species have milky juice, and all are edible, but bitter. Bitter substances like dandelion greens are helpful as an appetizer to stimulate digestive secretions before the main meal. Eating your dandelions can help reduce problems with indigestion later. Keep in mind that there are many other plants with milky juice that are not related to dandelions, including some that are poisonous. Be sure to check the blossoms for proof.
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