Flowers & Flower Meaning
All About the Dandelion Flower
To most people, a dandelion is simply a bother, but for others it is something that means a lot to them. The dandelion actually has a Latin name of Taraxacum, which is not a nice name. But, the name actually comes from a French word and means “lion’s tooth”. While a lot of people look at this flower as a pest and a weed, to other people it has some meaning. The floral meaning of the dandelion is that it is a gift to a loved one that will provide happiness and is a promise of total faithfulness. SO, it can mean a lot to some people.
Description of the Dandelion Flower
Everyone knows what the dandelion looks like, it is such an easy flower to recognize. A dandelion can be characterized by its long hollow stem and the yellow flower that it has on top. Depending on the season that it is, it may have white fuzz on top of it that is the pollination and how the dandelion spreads. This flower is a tap rooted biennial, so it will keep coming back time after time; it is a hard plant to get rid of if you don’t want it. The flower on top has a ton of little florets or petals and at some point it will become a seed head that will spread throughout the area and create new dandelion plants.
Uses for the Dandelion Flower
So, of course, for some people, with the floral meaning of the dandelion, they give it out to show their faithfulness to their partner. This is one thing that people do with a dandelion. But, there are a lot of other uses for a dandelion too. Chances are, this isn’t a flower that you are going to find in a bouquet, so be aware of that. There are many people that will use the dandelion as something that they put into their salads. Also, it makes a wine that people really enjoy too. There are also some medicinal uses for this flower. The dandelion is said to help with anti-inflammatory issues and can even help with urinary tract infections. But, people need to be careful if they are eating it, for some people they have had allergic reactions to the dandelion pollen that is in the flower that they are eating.
Why do people plant the Dandelion Flower?
The thing with the dandelion is that it generally doesn’t seem like you really have to work hard to grow it. In fact, for most people that have a garden, they see the dandelion as a pest because of the root system that it has and the ability to spread its pollen easily and take over an area. This flower is able to rapidly colonize an area, so if you are working on a garden in a certain area and the dandelions move in, you are probably going to need to remove them so that there is no issue and they don’t take over your garden.