IN DEFENSE OF DANDELIONS

Considered a weed by some, dandelions are a first harvest for many insects and some of the first available flowers for honeybees and butterflies in the Spring. These bugs like the nectar from these plants as much as any other flower. Dandelions are native to Eurasia and North America and are entirely edible, including the flowers and leaves. Ever see dandelion greens in your salad mix from the store? Welcome these little flowers, they are helpful and a reminder that warm weather is coming.

PAINTED LADY
PAINTED LADY

Read also: EARLY BUTTERFLIES & BLOOMS

3 thoughts on “IN DEFENSE OF DANDELIONS

  1. I love dandelions – always have –
    This year I discovered one in Late February blooming in a protected place in Northern New Mexico.
    I was delighted!
    And they are still in bloom now. Honey bees just love them.
    Surely this flower above all others is a harbinger of spring.

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  2. Let’s hear it for the dandy lions — the first to bring bright hits of colour after a too-long winter. We saw the first ones blooming in a lawn in southern Utah more than a month ago. They’ve yet to appear here but the leaves are coming up so there’s hope that spring has not forgotten us. 🙂

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