E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Krigia virginica (L.) Willd.
Virginia dwarf dandelion
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Krigia virginica
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Species Information

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Annual herb from a short taproot; stems erect, several, simple, usually spreading, glandular-hairy, exuding milky juice when broken, 3-40 cm tall.
Basal leaves linear to oblanceolate or egg-shaped, entire to pinnately cut, glabrous to loosely long stiff-hairy, the hairs sometimes glandular, 1.5-12 cm long, 1-12 mm wide.
Heads with strap-shaped flowers, solitary; involucres 4-7 mm tall; involucral bracts lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, reflexed in age; ray flowers yellow.
Achenes top-shaped, 5-angled; pappus of 5 short, thin scales alternating with 5 rough bristles which are several times as long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic forest openings and waste places in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known from West Vancouver, Bliss Landing and Campbell River; introduced from the E U.S.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Krigia virginica

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 105 105 105
Slope Gradient (%) 15 15 15
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
120 120 120
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 0 0
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: CWH(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Hyoseris virginica L.

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