We are celebrating National Dandelion Day on April 5. Dandelions belong to a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. It is also an edible flower and was once native to Eurasia. Now dandelions are found all over the world. Travelers from Europe introduced the plants to North America. Dandelion is a perennial plant that is known to endure harsh conditions. The sight of dandelion seeds gliding with the wind to reach new lands to grow is inspiring and scenic. We are spending this day celebrating the unique qualities of the flower and the versatile traits that helped it thrive all over the world.
History of National Dandelion Day
Dandelion is a tap-rooted, perennial, herbaceous plant, native to the temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Once dandelion flowers dry off, dropping petals and stamens, it opens into a spherical shape. Once the seeds are mature, they fly off with the help of fluffy parachute-like structures attached to their tips. The wind disperses the seeds — they are capable of traveling very large distances.
We believe the dandelion evolved around 30 million years ago in the Eurasian region. Our prehistoric ancestors were well aware that the plant was edible and brimmed with medicinal properties. The properties of the plant were known to Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, and Romans. It was popular in America for its edible uses and in China for its medicinal benefits.
Raw dandelion greens are rich in calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, and various vitamins. The flower can also be used to produce a yellow dye. The plant is considered an invasive species in various parts of the world. It can affect the growth of other crops, spread far, and grow fast. But it can also help plants when planted properly. Its roots can dig deep and bring forth the nutrients for shallow-rooted plants. It can also attract pollinating insects.
National Dandelion Day timeline
The evolution of dandelions starts in the Eurasian region.
Persians start calling dandelions 'tarashquq’ and later rename it ‘taraxacum.’
The Persian scientist and philosopher Ibn Sīnā writes a book chapter on them.
John Gerard and John Parkinson start to use dandelions as medicine.
National Dandelion Day FAQs
Where are dandelions most common?
Dandelions are common in temperate regions. They are a common sight on lawns, along roadsides, shores of waterways, and throughout areas with moist soils.
Which countries have dandelions?
The Americas, Australia, Turkey, and New Zealand are ideal for dandelions and they thrive there.
Are dandelions herbs?
Yes, dandelion is a herb that can be used for various infections.
National Dandelion Day Activities
Collect dandelion flowers
Dandelion flowers are tiny and difficult to collect, especially when they start to roam with the wind. Collect the flowers and create a photo frame with them.
Use acrylic resin to immortalize the flower
We can make a piece of keepsake jewelry with fresh dandelion flowers. Use an acrylic resin to trap the flowers forever inside it.
Send the flowers to a loved one
Collect enough fresh dandelion flowers. List its edible and medicinal properties and make a gift bag with it.
5 Facts About Dandelion That You Should Know
The word’s meaning
The meaning of ‘dandelion’ is “lion’s tooth.”
The bed wetter
Dandelions were once thought to cause bed-wetting when touched.
The divine powers of dandelions
Some people believe that dandelion roots can enhance psychic abilities.
The dandelion capital of America
Vineland in New Jersey is considered the dandelion capital of the U.S.
They’re completely edible
Every part of the dandelion plant can be eaten and they all have medicinal properties.
Why We Love National Dandelion Day
Little things make a big difference
The little seeds of dandelion flowers spread through the wind. It is an amazing view to see such a small seed spreading throughout the world, dominating the wild and unknown lands.
Dandelions are one of the most widespread wildflowers. It endures through the harsh and punishing climates of every continent and survives — making it one of our favorite flowers with a story.
The most common wildflower
We love when something beautiful and useful spreads throughout the world like wildfire. We love how a small seed can spread throughout the world and become one of the most common wildflowers.
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