Dandelion Spring

The first plant I am going to talk about is common dandelion Taraxacum officinale. Right now you can find this plant just about anywhere in Ohio (which is where I am located). It is so hardy, sometimes I even see it in the winter. It is named “dandelion” for the jagged tooth-shaped leaves. These leaves are edible, but somewhat bitter. Still, they are very nutritious, full of vitamin c, iron, calcium, and beta-carotene – just make sure that you don’t harvest them around dogs and chemical pesticides!

Many people consider these weeds, because they tend to grow everywhere, in yards, in flower beds, in vegetable gardens, even in cracks in the pavement. They breed everywhere not only because the tiny fluffy seeds are borne by the wind, but also because they can produce seeds even without sex. They are going to fill your yard no matter what!

Watercolor dandelion painting
Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale