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This blog will contain pictures and information from my everyday encounters with nature in London and the surrounding areas. I will log details of the origin of each photograph thus recording what there is to be seen and where it was seen. I very much welcome anyone else who can upload photos and information about nature in London and the home counties. I work freelance in the film industry so have plenty of days off. I hope to update Monday to Friday and once on the weekend posting at around 19.30, I don't post on bank holidays

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

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.

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