About Dandelions

Dandelions have sunk their roots deep into history. They were well known to ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, and have been used in Chinese traditional medicine for over a thousand years.

by Anita Sanchez
A photo of some dandelions up-close with droplets of morning dew.
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Dandelions were a common and beloved garden flower in Europe, and the subject of many poems.

by Anita Sanchez
A photo of a dandelion blowing away in the wind.
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The use of dandelions in the healing arts goes so far back that tracing its history is like trying to catch a dandelion seed as it floats over the grass.

by Anita Sanchez
Dandelion Breeze by Floyd Kelly, from the music album “About Some Flowers” 2019

They have more vitamin A than spinach, more vitamin C than tomatoes, and are a powerhouse of iron, calcium and potassium.

by Anita Sanchez
A photo of a dandelion and it's seeds being carried away in the wind.
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Their wide-spreading roots loosen hard-packed soil, aerate the earth and help reduce erosion.

by Anita Sanchez
A colorful close-up photo of a dandelion blowing in the wind.
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Dandelions are fast growers, the sunny yellow flowers going from bud to seed in days. But they are also long-lived – an individual plant can live for years, so the dandelion lurking in a corner of the playground might be older than the children running past it.

by Anita Sanchez
A filtered close-up photo of a dandelion partially decaying.
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Dandelions are just plain fun. The dandelion seems to be the flower earmarked for children: In park or garden, it’s the only flower a kid can pick without getting into trouble. A child in a field full of dandelions need never run out of things to do: Blowing on dandelion puffballs can tell you if it’s time to go home, how many years until you get married, or how many children you’ll have – and of course, if you catch a flying dandelion seed, you can make a wish.

by Anita Sanchez

You can read “Ten Things You Might Not Know About Dandelions” by Anita Sanchez by clicking here.

Published by Floyd Kelly

I'm a simple man living in a rural mountainous area of Northeast Washington state (US). I like to blog, create music, create 3D graphics/videos and take care of my wonderful dog.

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