Dandelion – bright yellow and fluffy white
Dandelions are plants with bright yellow blossoms that turn into round, fluffy seed heads. There are more than 1,000 species of dandelion. It grows mainly in the meadows, gardens, along roads, in gardens, forest edges, in the fields. Many people consider these wild plants to be weeds. They grew first in Europe and Asia and now they are widespread in North America. These plants survive the winter and regrow each spring. In spring and summer, each plant produces a single flower head that is made up of many tiny yellow flowers. After flowering, dandelions produce a head of seeds which can scatter widely in the breeze.
Since ancient times people eat dandelion leaves. In Italy you can find dandelion in supermarkets and markets and try it in restaurants. Goethe was a big fan of dandelion salad. The flowers of this plant are used to make jams and wine. There is even a novel by Ray Bradbury – Dandelion Wine. And opened buds are a source of “dandelion honey” which has bright golden color and is very thick. People may also make the roots into a coffeelike drink.
The dandelion is one of the few plants, which has an excellent cosmetic effect. The mask of fresh leaves moisturizes and rejuvenates the skin.
Dandelion is a native of the Mediterranean. In the Middle Ages it began to spread rapidly around the globe. It is connected with the development of trade and agriculture.
The Chinese consider it a vegetable.
People are used to see traditional bright yellow flowers, but unusual purple dandelion grows in the Caucasus. In Russia you can find a flower with white petals and yellow heart which grows on the Kola Peninsula.
Dandelion has long been used in folk medicine, not only in the treatment of diseases, but also to increase appetite, as well as for the prevention of beriberi.
Dandelion is the only flower that represents the three celestial bodies. Yellow flower symbolizes the sun, a fluffy white ball – the moon, and the seeds – the stars.
In Christianity, dandelion, as one of the “bitter herbs”, became a symbol of the Lord’s passion. This plant is a traditional symbol of grief in general, at the same time it symbolizes the power of the sun and light and is considered a flower of fidelity and happiness. Its seeds symbolize the transience of human life.
It is very hard to get rid of them for farmers, so we invite you to fall in love with them.