This afternoon, Weston and I were having fun tilling up our little vegetable garden. Although I had cleaned out the garden fairly well, there were two persnickety dandelions left over. Instead of whacking them to bits, I decided to dig them out to see just how big their taproots had become. I wasn't expecting a multiple-branched root system system, however. Our deck boards are six inches wide, and all but the top green leaves were exposed.
Although this plant is reviled by many, you've got to appreciate it's gigantic tap root.