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Dandelion family

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The dandelion family is a family of plants in the main three Pikmin games as well as Hey! Pikmin, and it consists of two members. These plants exist in real life as well, under the family name Asteraceae.



Artwork of a Dandelion.
Main article: Dandelion.

Scientific name: Taraxacum officinale

The Dandelion is a rare, yellow-petaled plant in the first two Pikmin games. It only appears on The Forest of Hope, the Awakening Wood and the Snagret Hole, as well as some Challenge Mode locations. It serves merely for decoration.

Seeding Dandelion[edit]

Artwork of a Seeding Dandelion.
Main article: Seeding Dandelion.

Scientific name: Taraxacum ventulus

The Seeding Dandelion is a plant in Pikmin 2, Pikmin 3, and Hey! Pikmin. In the main games, it is even rarer than the Dandelion, appearing only on the Perplexing Pool and the Sniper Room. If it's touched, some of its seeds detach and float away. In Hey! Pikmin, it is much smaller, and Pikmin that touch it stop walking and jump in, until the player whistles them again. Seeds nearly identical to the Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3 versions can also be seen in cutscenes.


The dandelion family's name comes directly from its members, the Dandelion and the Seeding Dandelion.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese キク科?
Kiku Ka
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Diente de león Dandelion


  • The Creeping Chrysanthemum shares the genus name Taraxacum, even though it is part of the chrysanthemum family. In real life, this is impossible, as different species cannot be in the same genus and different families.
  • In the Japanese version, the Margaret belongs to the same family as the Dandelion and Seeding Dandelion, as in real life.

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