Tuesday, February 12, 2013

So much more than a weed



What do you suppose the wind wished for when it blew on this dandelion?


How many seeds do you suppose it scattered?



The dandelion is so much more than a weed.  It's a plant that's been around for 30 million years ago.  Parts of it have been used to make coffee, tea, salads, wine, and root beer.  It has medicinal properties and leaves abundant in vitamins.  And it's inspired numerous festivals, including this one

For more fascinating information on the dandelion, click here.

And give your dandelions a little respect.


7 comments:

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

I LOVE my dandelions! We have a whole fallow meadow area that gets covered in them in the spring. To everyone else they look like weeds, but if you look more closely at all the cheery yellow blooms, they're completely covered in bees. I could never a hate a flower that is so LOVED by the bees! :)

Donna said...

Dandelion flowers were the only thing in bloom last spring when the thousands of red admiral butterflies descended on us...thank goodness so these butterflies had some nectar. We love the greens for salads...it is an Italian tradition. Very good for you.

PlantPostings said...

Though they're plentiful and unappreciated, there's something impressive about Dandelions. Your photos are great!

Country Mouse said...

Yes, wonderful photos. When I was a little girl in Glasgow, in a poor part of town, there were plenty of dandelions - we called them wet-the-beds - and it's true they have a diuretic effect. We also used to pick a flower and hold it a certain way - then say "Mary queen of scots got her head chopped" -- then we'd flick the flower head off with our thumb while saying "OFF!" - cruel maybe but fun. And of course you can tell time by a dandelion clock as everyone knows!

Carolyn ♥ said...

I love dandelions as long as their not in my landscape... I've heard that a single seedhead can have over 400 seeds. That's a lot of wishes!

Karen said...

I love the photo of the dandelion seed head, I don't think I've ever taken the time to fully study one before. They are exquisite. We have dandelions here in abundance and I've resigned myself to their presence in the lawn. I guess the interesting thing is, if they weren't so prolific, I'm sure gardeners would actually cultivate them because they do have beauty. And you can eat them!

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Wonderful photos!