14 Dandelion Facts As Interesting As The Fluffy Plant
Despite their cuteness, dandelions are considered a weed in many areas. Taraxacum officinale is the botanical name for this plant. It refers to the medicinal properties of the plant as discovered by the Greeks. The name ‘Dandelion’ is a portmanteau of the French phrase ‘dents de lion’. The lion tooth is the literal meaning. If you’ve ever seen the plant’s leaves, you’ll notice that they’re shaped like a lion’s tooth.
Dandelions have been used in Chinese medicine for nearly a millennium. The plant was well-known to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. They claim that the flower can help with kidney, liver, and stomach disorders, skin irritations, heartburn, gall bladder diseases, diabetes, arthritis, anemia, constipation, toothaches, and fevers. They were also thought to be anti-toxin and diuretics.
In terms of the plant’s origins, botanists believe that many species were born in North America. However, early European settlers brought two of the most common dandelion species to North America for their nutritional and medicinal benefits. They are the red-seeded and standard variants. Both variants have since become natural on the continent.
When it comes to Dandelion facts, this is just the tip of the iceberg! Continue reading to learn more about these amazing plants:
- Dandelions represent three different celestial bodies at three different stages of development. The yellow flower of the plant represents the sun. The dispersed seeds resemble stars. Finally, the puffy dandelion ball has a moon-like appearance.
- After being dispersed, the seeds (the plant parts that fly away) can travel for 5 miles!
- The flower, roots, and leaves are all useful parts of the flower. It can be used in food, medicine, and dyeing.
- The plant’s leaves have tooth-like features on the edges. They can range in length from 2 to 10 inches. The plants can grow to be 17 inches tall.
- The flower is composed of numerous miniature flowers, each one unique. Ray florets are what they’re called. It opens when the sun rises and closes when it sets.
- Some people are allergic to dandelion. Its pollen, however, is not allergenic.
- They are also known as ruderal or pioneer plants because they are the first plants to colonize disturbed lands.
- Pollination of the plant is carried out by a variety of insects. The yellow flower becomes a puffball. This ball contains several fruits known as achenes. The seeds have a parachute-like disk extension that functions similarly to a parachute. That is why they can float for such a long time and with such ease.
- One cup of raw chopped dandelion greens provides 112% of the daily requirement for vitamin A. At the same time, it contains only 25 calories.
English pharmacists in the nineteenth century made tea from the flowers’ roasted roots. The tea is still popular today.
- They are members of the Daisy family.
- A dandelion head can contain up to 300 ray florets. If you look closely, they resemble tiny petals.
- Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury’s 1957 novel, is named after the wine made and consumed during the summer.
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