In just about every account I read of Krigia Dandelion it states that this plant is hard to transplant and grow. That information comes from a 1963 publication by Julian Steyermark entitled Flora of Missouri in which Steyermark states “it does not transplant well and is difficult to grow. It has been tried several times with failure in the author’s northern
Potato Dandelion grows like a weed when protected from predators and relieved of competition from other plants. If a natural site could be found that offers those advantages, there would be no stopping this plant.
Over 40 flower stalks emerged from the original 10 plants. It will be interesting to see how many new tubers have been created in this small pot.
Each flower has a single attending petal, so a count of the petals identifies the number of flowers present at the top of the stalk. Each of these petals should be able to produce a seed. Unfortunately, most of the flowers fail in their reproductive duties.
Most common are small bees and beetles.
I believe this to be Acmaeodera ornata, but my references only cover about 20% of the species that could be encountered in this area, so I’m never completely sure I’ve arrived at the proper identification. Whatever the species, the beetles were usually carrying a dusting of pollen on their bodies as they moved around the flowers. You would think that type of activity would certainly result in some pollination.
This process has got to be moving some pollen around.
Sometimes, plant species that reproduce themselves vegetatively can form large colonies of individual plants that are essentially clones of each other. If that species needs to receive pollen from another plant in order to produce seed, that pollen would have to come from a plant that is not its clone. It’s possible that Potato Dandelion fits that description and I’m dealing with a clone population that is basically all the same plant. If that’s true, I may never get any seed.