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Bur Oak Cattail Cocklebur Cottonwood
Dandelion Kentucky Bluegrass Pigweed Ragweed
River Birch Russian Thistle Sunflower White Pine

Taraxicum officionale

You probably know dandelions by their bright yellow flowers. When the flowers mature into puffballs, you can blow off the seeds to make a wish. Dandelion flowers are mainly pollinated by insects. Some of the pollen is also spread by wind. The pollen doesn't usually cause hay fever. But if you have an allergy to related plants, such as ragweed and cocklebur, you may also be sensitive to dandelion pollen. Dandelions are a popular food crop. That's mainly how the plant spread throughout the world. Before history was written, people on the move took dandelion seeds with them to plant in their gardens. Every part of the dandelion is rich in vitamins and minerals. Even the long sturdy taproot (the Chinese call it earth nail) is edible.