A Seeding Dandelion (タンポポ（綿毛）?, lit.: "Dandelion (Fluff)") is a Dandelion which has flowered for long enough to be pollinated and produce a batch of fresh seeds, each attached to a fluffy white tuft. The tufts catch the wind and the seeds are swept from the plant so that they may land and take root in a new location. Seeding Dandelions can be found as scenery interactable plants in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3, but as important gameplay mechanics in Hey! Pikmin. In Pikmin 3, normal Dandelions evolve as the days progress, until they finally turn into Seeding Dandelions. These plants also appear in the Spring-themed levels of Pikmin Adventure, where one can occasionally hide a coin.
Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3
Bumping into one will dislodge one or two seeds in Pikmin 2, but it won't undergo any change. In Pikmin 3, throwing a Pikmin into it will dislodge all its seeds. Apart from that, they have no particular function. They are one of the rarest species in Pikmin 2, appearing in only one above ground area and one challenge mode level. They also appear in many levels of Pikmin Adventure.
In Hey! Pikmin, Seeding Dandelions are not much taller than the Pikmin themselves, and they serve as a stopping point for Pikmin. When Pikmin are thrown in this game, they either walk towards a treasure, or walk back to Captain Olimar's side. If the player needs thrown Pikmin to stay in a certain spot until they are called, chances are a Seeding Dandelion will be there. As per the cutscene near the start of the Pollution Pool, when a Pikmin noticed a bed of Seeding Dandelions, it cannot resist the urge to jump right on top of the plants and bounce around. These plants also play a big role in the very same area, where Captain Olimar needs to keep the Pikmin busy in a different platform while he himself swims through a pond or builds a bridge, so that he may call them on the other side when he's ready. Despite being introduced as a gameplay mechanic in Pollution Pool, Seeding Dandelions first appear in Back-and-Forth Road at the start, where the player is tasked with whistling some Pikmin bouncing on the plant, and can't interact with it in any other way.
“It is believed that this plant produces tufted seeds with a parachute-like arm, which allows the seeds to ride gently on the wind. This increases the distribution range of the plant considerably.”
“Dried, roasted, and finely ground, the root of this plant makes a passable coffee substitute.”
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