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For the afternoon light I moved to the other side of the home beside the shagbark hickory. The dandelion flowers were fully open with the afternoon sun. The air was still full of dandelion fluff. I once again mixed some in with the oils when they landed on the canvas. There are 180 to 200 fluffy seed achenes produced by each flower. The dandelion is also called blowball, faceclock, dumble-dor (Newfoundland) and pissenlit (Québec). Who knew?
Early colonists brought the herb to North America. The native people soon recognized the value of the herb and sought it out for its medical and nutritious benefits. The entire plant is important as a general tonic, particularly as a liver tonic. The dandelion does not deserve its reputation as a weed. It is just an inconveniently located flower with a bad reputation.
July 6th, 2017
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