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  • In Nottinghamshire they are very prolific and everywhere they look wonderful just not on my lawn x
  • Dandelions are a magnificent gold along the verges, up here in Scotland. At least just one root, if among precious plants, not a menace like the ground elder.
  • I must agree too! Since I do the same, pick off faded flowers so they don't spread. I have a few in my large front lawn but keep them there purely for the insects benefit. I live in Ipswich and there do seem to be more this year.
  • There are lots here in Kent too. I found a patch in a local lane that looked so beautiful I took a photo. If they weren't such thugs, we'd prize them. If they don't clash with my colour schemes I let them flower but try to deadhead. I also let other wild plants flower, like cow parsley, herb robert and red dead nettle, which lots of insects love. Early in the year there's not much else for them to feed on. I just pull them out when they look tatty. I don't even mind seeds on the compost heap because if they germinate I can hoe or pull them and leave them to feed the soil and provide a bit of mulch. It works for me. I also eat plants like bittercress and ground elder, though I'd happily get rid of the ground elder.
  • Dandelion roots are dried and make a very mild. caffeine-free "coffee". Dandelion leaves and flowers are diuretic so be careful when using them in salads - hence the French name,pis -en -lit, which means wet the bed. I believe there are 37 species of dandelion, some courser than others. I have seen two species in Bristol and also a slide of a meadow, miles across, full of a different species in Chile. The brightness of the flower(which looks blue to bees) is very cheering after a hard winter.
  • I love all the free flowers in my lawn. As well as the dandelions we have daisies, primroses and this year, for the first time, lovely tiny purple pansy type plants. I especially love that the day after mowing the lawn they are back. I remember when I was young when I asked my mum how to tell whether a plant was a weed or not she told me that a weed is just a plant in the wrong place - so if I love it it is obviously not a weed! - she did think however that I was crazy to actually transplant daisies INTO my lawn.
  • There are Dandelions all over Southern Ireland too.
    I too picked the heads off for a few days but was beaten back by the number of them appearing, started to cut the grass every other day to remove the heads but eventually had to revert to a lawn feed and weed killer - the lawn is around 1500 sq metres and cutting the grass was getting fairly time consuming.
  • Here in Ga USA I buy Organic Dandelions that are shipped in from California. The leaves make a great salad. They don't have any root because the farmer cut them off and sell them to the herbalists. Dandelions roots are well know for detoxification of the Liver.
    Unlike other diuretics, dandelion leaves contain good amounts of potassium, a mineral that is often lost during increased urination. There is also evidence that this property of dandelion leaves may normalize blood sugar, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taraxacum#Medicinal_uses
  • Some 49 years ago following the birth of my daughter my wife complained that unlike other visitors I did not bring a bunch of flowers at visiting time.
    On return home I noted a bunch of Dandelions in the garden , picked a well formed head and sent in an envelope to my wife. She never commented on receipt of same and I thought lost in post.
    Sadly my wife died in Nov 2010 and whilst searching her personal effects I found a small bible and pressed in centre fold was a Dandielion.
  • The word dandelion comes from French dent de lion - Lion Teeth. Dandelions are called Worm Roses in Swedish, Lion Teeth in Norwegian and Butter Flowers in Finnish - have they got interesting names in other languages?
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