The mighty dandelion

Some thoughts on Dandelion from Birgit McNeill

B r i g i t

Dandelion

Taraxacum official a member of the Asteraceae (Aster Family) also known as earth nail, blowball, cankerwort, doon-head-clock, witch’s gowan, milk witch, lion’s-tooth, yellow-gowan, Irish daisy, monks-head, priest’s-crown, piss-in-bed, prince in paupers clothing, and puff-ball.

Dandelion is such a beauty and a potent medicine that is very dear to me. I have many happy childhood memories in spring and summer of their big clumsy shining faces beaming up at the sun surrounded by toothy leaves, their big heads beaming out warmth and light. Later as the flower turned from the sun to a full silver moon I took great delight in blowing her delicate seeds onto the breeze. Dandelion even looks like she was drawn and designed by a child and coloured in with a big yellow crayon- ragedy and out of the box.

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