Dandelions

Dandelions – The dandelion is a perennial, herbaceous plant with long, lance-shaped leaves. They’re so deeply toothed, they gave the plant its name in Old French: Dent-de-lion means lion’s tooth in Old French.

They grow individually on hollow flower stalks 2 to 18″ tall. Each yellow flower head consists of hundreds of tiny ray flowers. Unlike other composites, there are no disk flowers.

The flower head can change into the familiar, white, globular seed head overnight. Each seed has a tiny parachute, to spread far and wide in the wind.Β  The thick, brittle, beige, branching taproot grows up to 10″ long. All parts of this plant exude a white milky sap when broken.

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12 comments on “Dandelions

  1. I know dandelions are just a weed, but I think they’re pretty cool when they go to seed. I have plenty in my yard right now. Maybe I’ll get some seeding dandelion photos.

  2. Sandra says:

    Great blog and photos.

  3. They may very well be weeds, but like so many other things in this world, they care with them their very own beauty. Thanks for stopping be earlier. i look forward to looking in.

  4. I may be one of the few, but I LOVE dandelions!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and I really love your photos!

  5. Sarah Sims says:

    Ahh! Now that I have visited your blog, I understand your “like” on my dandelion related post πŸ˜‰ I wish I could just come to terms with the dandelions in my grass. I’m not big on lawns, but where I have it, I’d rather it be grass.

    Dandelions notwithstanding, I like a lot of your other work too.

  6. Momma E. says:

    I had no idea that dandelions were found outside of the US, silly me! Lovely shots of the scourge of landscapers everywhere πŸ˜‰

  7. buggiedriver says:

    Love the blog and photos, and especially partial to your Cav!

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