Tuesday, April 17, 2007
They've a more prominent place in my lawn than anything else these days! What's that adage about the shoemaker's children having no shoes? This is the horticulture instructor's rendition, I'm afraid!
Funny thing ..I really do like the plants...they're pretty useful. They were a staple in European gardens before American colonization -- they were used as a potherb ... and the colonists brought them over for their gardens. (And there are larger leaved varieties for sale to plant in gardens -- less bitter, actually) in several seed catalogues!) Flowers make a tasty flowered and fried snack - tasking much like fried artichokes, or rendered into wine, roots make a tea, leaves as greens.
And clever! Ever notice that the flowers stay pretty low to the ground so that your lawnmower misses them? But that fluffball of a seedhead pokes WAY UP HIGH so that your lawnmower scatters the seeds everywhere? And all the flowers (each of those ray flowers making up the entire yellow head) are female -- who've evolved their own special way of reproduction. And heaven knows, they've escaped from their rows of cultivated gardens and prospered to inhabit much of the landscape.
Yep, a lot to admire in one wee, humble? plant ... but, Miss Dandy, we've a date with a sprayer -- SOON!