Taraxacum, widely known as Dandelion, is a large genus of more than 500 species of herbaceous perennials in the Asteraceae family, native to Eurasia.
Today, Dandelions are immensely popular and spread all over the world, growing anywhere there is a pinch of soil. They come in various shapes and sizes, with small, yellow or white flowers blooming all season long.
With their bright yellow or white colors and astonishing patterns, these invasive weeds can occupy a variety of environments, giving them an impressive look and magical appearance.
The name “taraxacum” comes from the Greek words “taraxos” (“disorder”) and “akos” (“remedy”).
Generally, Dandelion symbolizes happiness and joy.
Various colors have different symbolism and meanings associated with them. Yellow Dandelion represents excitement, bravery and strength, while White Dandelion symbolizes purity, charity and wisdom.
Interesting facts about Taraxacum:
Dandelion is considered as aggressive, invasive weed. Its seeds are often carried miles away from their origin, due to their seed-bearing parachutes and ability to attract pollinators. With its deep roots, Dandelions will consume as much water as possible and dominate other species nearby. It is often resistant to many herbicides and in some cases it’s really hard to get rid of them. The good thing about its invasive characteristic is that every part of this plant is useful and can be used for food, medicine and dye for coloring.
Dandelion has been used in many traditional and modern herbal medical systems. Both leaves and roots can be used in the form of remedies in teas, creams and tonics. Dandelions have been used for centuries in medicine for detoxification, inflammation reduction, as a natural diuretic and antioxidant. Dandelion contains abundant amounts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients such as Vitamin A, C, K, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, proteins, carbohydrates and beta carotene. It is considered as a remedy treating a wide variety of maladies, including allergies, colds, flus, sore throat, snoring, nosebleeds, anemia, arthritis, gout, spasms and tuberculosis. It can be helpful in treating skin conditions like acne, eczema, hives, rosacea and sunburns. It also helps with flatulence, constipation, candida and indigestion.
As a food, Dandelions are valuable because they are an amazing source of nutrients. They can be harvested heavily, eaten fresh or dried for tea. All parts of the plant are edible.
Dandelions are one of the most recognizable flowers. When we talk about their flower type, it’s worth to mention that what we typically consider one flower is actually multiple flowers held together by a receptacle.
In areas in which the Dandelion grows, its often to see people, usually kids blowing the dried seeds of the flower, sending them into the air like tiny helicopters. They do this to attract good luck because it is believed that blowing the seeds make the wishes come true. Aside from that, flying seeds offer a beautiful sight, for sure.