There is a saying worth mentioning as the starting point to this article: Every form of Flora has its multiple uses for the better of human kind. George Washington Carver found over 110 uses of the peanut during his lifetime. Before his time, native Americans had found multiple uses with corn and sweet potatoes, many of which we still use today. But what about other plants, in particular, flowers and even herbs?
The dandelion is one of those plants that many people do not like having on their lawns. When they see a yellow blanket of these pesky weeds on their lawns, they are compelled to take the lawn mower and cut them down to size to make it look pretty. Little do they realize is that these yellow things are much more valuable than they can possibly imagine. Dandelions are edible- can be used in a salad, or eaten as is. It’s especially good for bunnies as they eat both the leaves as well as the yellow head. They are the source of pollen and food for bees as they produce honey for the rest of the population. They are an excellent remedy against colds, if used for tea or medicine. Make-up with these flowers has been used. And when converted into the puffball version, one can collect the pollen, replant it in a pot and watch it grow on the window sill.
There are many more uses of these unbeatable weeds in the eyes of perfectionist home owners and invincible flowers in the eyes of naturalists, like yours truly. A good portion of these can be found in a recent version of the children’s TV show Löwenzahn with Fritz Fuchs (played by Guido Hammerstein) and his companion, Keks (a St. Bernard). This includes the Caucasian Dandelion, the largest of the breed of flowers that can be found in central and eastern Europe. Have a look at the link below.
Watching this episode gave me an idea to pass along to teachers, students and those wanting to try this experiment. If there are so many uses of the dandelion, what about other flowers and plants, like the orchids, daisies, daffodils or even the thistle? After all, these plants may be the ticket to saving many lives if the inventions used are beneficial to others. If Carver can find over 100 uses for the peanut, why can we not find many uses with other plants that we don’t know about? As mentioned at the beginning, every form of Flora has its multiple uses for the better of human kind.
Try the experiment during your next break. Pick a flower, plant, weed or any type of flora and try making some uses out of them. You will be amazed at the results when trying one experiment after another. If you find any uses, or know of any plants that have as many uses as the dandelion, post your comments here or on the Files’ facebook page. Recipes are also welcome.
By the way, the author will be trying the experiment with the dandelion as an indoor plant again and will post some pictures in the near future, should the plant bear fruit.