A Simple Case of Multiplication – Dandelion Style

Starting out as cheerful yellow flowers…

Photo credit: Laurie Buchanan

… dandelions quickly mature and turn into puff balls. The white fuzz is attached to seeds that act as parachutes.

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Riding on the wind, platoons of tiny paratroopers are carried away for one purpose only—a single-minded, tactical mission—to multiply.

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In researching the etymology for the word “dandelion,” I expected to find the name came from the flower’s similar appearance to that of the regal, golden mane of lions. Not so.

The English name dandelion is a corruption of the French dent de lion, meaning lion’s tooth—referring to the coarsely-toothed leaves.

Did you know that all parts of a pesticide-free dandelion are edible and have medicinal and culinary uses? As a matter of fact, they’ve long been used as a liver tonic, diuretic, and for making dandelion wine.

Then, of course, there’s the Dandelion Doo sported by the one and only Alexis de la Luna (lovingly referred to as Lexi) in the Buchanan household.

Photo credit: Laurie Buchanan

This post was previously published on www.tuesdayswithlaurie.com and is republished here with permission from the author.

Photo credit: Laurie Buchanan

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