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As you can see from these pictures of our yard and our neighbor’s field, anyone who dislikes dandelions on their lawn, should absolutely, positively, without any doubt whatsoever, stay clear of here. Fields around this time of the year are a gorgeous glow of yellow, thanks to the little yellow flowers. Those that have an obsession about the removal of dandelions from their lawn would most likely go stark raving mad. Here, it’s got to be live and let live (unless of course slugs are concerned, but that is another post).
- Dandelions are members of the Taraxacum family
- They are hollow stemmed
- The flowers open during the day and close at night
- The flower stem will exude a milky sap when broken
- “Dandelion” means “lion’s tooth” in French
- Believe it or not the dandelion is actually considered a beneficial weed because its tap root brings up nutrients for other more shallow rooted plants and it attracts pollinating insects and produces ethylene gas to help ripen fruit.
- Dandelion greens are used to produce dandelion wine, dandelion coffee and are just delicious sauteed with garlic and olive oil.
- Dandelions are deemed to have medicinal purposes and have been used to treat infections, bile and liver problems.
- It is however one of the allergy triggers for springtime allergies to a lot of people.
- Dandelions are an excellent source of Vitamin K and Beta Carotene.
- Dandelion Picking. Great Way to Get Your Kids Outdoors (green-talk.com)
- Foraging for Homemade Snacks: Eating Dandelions (greenphonebooth.com)
- The Bane of My Existance (diggingoutandup.wordpress.com)
- Do all these dandelions drive you nuts, too? (blogs.vancouversun.com)