Text Box: The common, everyday Dandelion may seem like an ordinary, useless weed that lacks any interesting characteristics.  However, they have many useful functions and their lifestyle has some interesting features as well.  Read on to find out more!

Text Box: · The word “dandelion” was derived from the French term for a lion’s tooth, “dent de lion”  due to the jagged leaves.
· This weed actually has a lot of vitamins such as A, C and K and minerals such as calcium and potassium.
· They are used in recipes such as salads and soups and taste best when picked young.  They even are used to make wines and some coffee drinks.
· They can aid humans by stimulating the digestion process and by helping the kidneys to expel water and salt.
· They contain UV light that draws in insects to help pollination.  Humans can not see these UV light colors.

Text Box: DID YOU KNOW . . . .

           Lindsie Miller at miller.lind@students.uwlax.edu