|Dandelion- Dulwich rd - Today|
Dandelion from the French ‘dent de lion’, ‘lion’s tooth’ which refers to the leaf shape, is often maligned as an intrusive weed especially by gardeners. In its defense the dandelions sizable flowering heads provide fiery dashes of yellow all across the countryside from spring right through the summer. Furthermore they are very useful plants for the leaf can be infused with warm water and drunk several times a day to make a herbalist treatment to reduce blood pressure and the root can be ground and used to make dandelion and burdock. Do not confuse with ‘false dandelion’ aka ‘Cat’s ear’, which has similar flowers and leaves. The can be differentiated as its flower sits singly on branchless, hollow, leafless stems.