Carolina false dandelion (Carolina desert chicory)
Pyrrhopappus carolinianus

Carolina False Dandelion is easy to identify, with its vertically growing, branched flowering stems. The weed has basal leaves forming a rosette, and also has sharply pointed leaves alternating on its stems.
Carolina False Dandelion produces bright yellow flowers, similar to dandelion, on the ends of its vertical, flowering stems. The seeds have a long stalk and a parachute of hairs at top, forming a “puff ball.” Reproduction is by wind-dispersed seeds.