Updated: May 19, 2019
I'm taking a moment to look at some of the overlooked nature of Spring; the humble dandelion, daisy and buttercup. Here's a breakdown of my favourite, unusual facts about these little treasures of Spring.....
5 FUN FACTS
1. On cold days, the petals of Buttercups make a cup shape like a satellite dish, collecting solar energy from sunshine and warming up the flowers, which makes them even more inviting to insects who might need warming up.
2. The word 'Daisy' comes from the Old English "daes eage," meaning "day's eye." The name refers to the way they close their petals in the evening, and open again at dawn.
3. Daisies make up almost 10% of all flowering plants on the planet. They are also cousins of the Sunflower.
4. The leaves, the flowers and the roots of a Dandelion are edible. A cup of dandelion greens would give you about 112 per cent of your recommended daily amount of vitamin A
5. Herbalists trace the Dandelion plant's origins back about 30 million years to Eurasia where they were commonly used for both food and medicine.
Sources: The Guardian, Dandelion Delight