D is for Dandelion and the Dandelion is the Common Weed of the commonweeder blog. I consider the dandelion an important element in my Flowery Mead. The Extension Service might call my lawn a typical weedy patch, but I take a different view. The Flowery Mead also sports many violets which I just learned are important in supporting certain butterflies, clover, ground ivy and hawkweeds.
While many despise the dandelion, they do have many uses. My Swedish grandfather liked them in his salad. Some people cook them like spinach. You can even buy seeds (if you don’t have a neighbor with a Flowery Mead) from Johnny’s Selected Seeds. All around the world, in Europe and China, dandelions are regarded as tonics, and credited with being a laxative, a diuretic, a blood cleanser (so necessary in the Spring), a digetive aid, AND when used in a poultice it can be used on snake bites. It is the root that is used in all these medicinal applications.
The name dandelion is a corruption of the French Dent de Lion, or teeth of the lion, based on the appearance of the jagged leaves. That is one of the reasons I chose the dandelion as symbol of my blog. I am a Leo. Also, the flower is like a little sun, and Leo is one of the Fire signs of the zodiac. It all fits together in my mind.
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