Dandelions Card by Julian Williams
The Common Dandelion Taraxacum officinalis
The Dandelion got its name from the French who call the plant â€œDent de Lionâ€ (Lions Tooth) because it has toothed leaves. Another aspect of the plant is celebrated in its scientific name taraxacum which roughly translates as â€œremedy for disorderâ€ after the plantâ€™s reputation to aid digestion and cleanse the body. The English had a vulgar name â€œPissy Bedâ€ because they thought even touching a Dandelion was enough to make you wet your bed.
Romantics likened the flowers to the sun as the large yellow blooms open as the sun rises and close as the sun sets. They also said that the seeded blow-balls that hover above the grass on long stalks resembled the moon and the parachute tufted seeds that drift in the breeze resembled rivers of stars.
Children call the seed heads â€œTell Timeâ€, â€œBlow Ballâ€ and â€œFace Clockâ€