The Weed That Shouldn’t Be

I have always thought dandelions an attractive weed. Now you may think that there’s no such thing as an attractive weed, and if you think that, you may be right. But if you’re right, then dandelions shouldn’t be called weeds, for dandelions are attractive and, it turns out, quite useful.

English: Common dandelions (Taraxacum officina...

English: Common dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) growing on a field in Oulu, Finland. Suomi: Voikukkia (Taraxacum officinale) Oulussa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are pretty much common all over the world, and I suppose that’s why nobody seems

to want them. I guess if roses grew everywhere, nobody would want them either. The more common something is, the more shunned or under appreciated it is.


‘Dandelion’ comes from the French word dent-de-lion, which means Lion’s tooth. The plant is completely edible in its entirety, and quite tasty. In fact, the Dandelion has been used for herbal medicine, and as a treatment for bile and liver problems. So, it is quite useful.


A weed? Definitely not!


The dandelion can be eaten; it can be used for medical purposes, and…did I mention that it’s attractive?


5 Responses to “The Weed That Shouldn’t Be”

  1. 1 gita4elamats August 22, 2013 at 14:06

    I always pick the flowers and put them in a small vase. I like them, they’re pretty! :)

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke August 22, 2013 at 14:50

      So do I. Why the hate for them, do you think?

  2. 3 Andy July 20, 2013 at 07:15

    At least it gives a it of colour to the lazy gardener’s garden.

    • 4 Professor VJ Duke July 20, 2013 at 15:20

      That’s how I always feel…

  3. 5 Fel Carr April 22, 2013 at 18:34

    I indubitably agree! It seems we folks get something stuck in our heads such as, emerald green lawns, and can’t get it out. Unfortunately, I don’t think this mind set shall change anytime soon. Thanks for the dandelion lesson. :-)

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