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Observed: 1st April 2011 By: George W
Added: 3rd April 2011
Our English name of 'dandelion' is a curruption of the French name which meant 'tooth of the lion' which its leaves are supposed to remind us of (mind you, I don't know how many lions baring their teeth are, or were, roaming around France). It is also known as 'Wet-the-bed' because of its diuretic properties. However this is a really useful little plant - All of it is edible and it is rich in vitamins A and C. Its leaves and fresh root make a tea substitute. Its root, when dried, makes a coffee substitute. Its buds can be pickled. The flowers can be used to make wine. When you blow on the plant when it has gone to seed it will tell you if that person you are really keen on loves you or loves you not and, when its seeds drift in the air they turn into fairies. You still want to call it a 'just weed'?