I was reading an interesting article regarding the love hate relationship Canada is having with its’ pervasive flower the dandelion. Dandelions proliferate in my area and the question continues – do they stay or do they go?
In my area of the United States we consider the dandelion a weed, but technically the dandelion is a flower. However in 2010 under the Alberta Weed Control Act dandelions were declared no longer a noxious weed. Experts warned and the warnings have come to fruition of a dandelion apocalypse. Dandelions are winning and Calgary approved the $1.7 million dandelion suppression fund to help with dandelion control in 2016 due to the proliferation of the dandy little flower.
Calgary Targets The Dandelion
Calgary has municipal rules regarding the dandelion. Residents can be fined if the dandelions are allowed to grown over six inches high. The use of herbicides are heavily regulated which puts homeowners in the position of what to do with a crop of dandelions? Mow, mow, mow?
Is The Dandelion A Flower or Weed?
Admittedly I have a low interest in spending my time pulling weeds and thus evaluate the weeds in my yard. I don’t often admit that I have a little internal conversation with a few weeds when I tour the yard.
Are you an attractive weed? If yes, you stay.
Are you a flowering weed? If yes, you stay.
Are you a weed which fits into the landscape? If yes, you stay.
Are you an ugly weed, invading, pesky or annoying other plants? If yes, you must be removed.
Which falls under who knew? Maybe you did, I did not. The dandelion is a flower.
According to My dandelion is a flower website:
- Dandelions close at night and open in the mornings
- The dandelion is the only flower of which the three celestial bodies are represented: sun = flower, moon = white puffball, stars = seeds
- The root, leaf and flower of the dandelion can all be used for food, medicine or as a dye.
- Dandelion originates from the French word dent de lion which means lions tooth and refers to the edges on the leaves.
- The dandelion has one of the longest flowering seasons of any plant (don’t we know it!)
- Dandelion tea is favored by many as a digestive aid.
- For those seeking a coffee tastalike, the Dandy Herbal Beverage Blend is caffeine and gluten free.
Dandelions in my area are not politically correct and homeowners are vigilant about the removal of the little ole dandelion. Organic weed killers have increased in popularity as an alternative to the traditional weed killers.
Who knew a little ole dandelion could cause such a controversy!