Through whayt fierce incarnations, furled
In fire and darkness, did I go,
‘Ere I was worthy in the world
To see a dandelion grow?
– G k Chesterton
Dandelions are perennial plants, which are treated more like pernicious weeds in British gardens. Dandelions grow wildly in lawns and pavement cracks. They can be hard to uproot as they anchor themselves into the ground with unbelievable tenacity.
Dandelion got its name from the French’s dent-de-lion which literally means ‘lion’s teeth. The lion’s teeth, of course, refers to the shape of dandelion’s serrated leaves (see topmost photo).
Did you know?
The young leaves of dandelions are edible. They can be eaten as salad sprinkled with some crunchy lardons and croutons. It is advised to choose the really young leaves before the dandelion flowers start to appear; the more mature leaves tend to be slightly bitter.