As the flowers of Coltsfoot fade, Common Dandelions bloom -- both, with faces looking skyward, hold in their colour the promise of sunny summer days! Since kindergarten, we have understood the way of the dandelion -- chlorophyll-green leaves gather energy from the sun to feed the plant that bursts into bloom. So here's a question -- with flowers before leaves as the Coltsfoot way -- and, energetically speaking, flowers are very costly to produce -- how does this plant gain any ground?
A language equation built for you: French, "dent de lion" = English, "lion's tooth". Now, take a look at the leaves. In your mind's eye, can you see the sharp teeth of a lion? Unlike its namesake, dandelion poses little danger. In fact, it is super safe to eat! The young leaves you can add to your soup & salad, and with the ray flowers you can make a mighty fine wine. So, next time you reach for your weed-wacker, consider sinking your "dent de humain" into this friendly neighbourhood plant instead! : D
Best practices for harvesting: only take what you need and in a way that supports plant growth. Offer your gratitude. And, if there aren't many plants in the area, please leave them for the bees!
Interested in learning more? 10 Edible Plants for Wild Forage Teas is a free pdf download.
As an enthusiastic student of the natural world, I share my explorations of all that is wild with all of you — teacher, parent, and child!