The common dandelion is easily identified by yellow flowers that turn into a ball of feathery seeds beloved by children. They may be considered stubborn weeds by lawn owners, but to European peasants and winter-weary American pioneers, dandelion leaves offered a much-needed edible green and “spring tonic.” During abnormally cold winters, when crops failed or drought struck, it was this common wayside weed that saved whole villages. Now when you look into those bright daisy flowers, you may see the very soul of this misunderstood little plant! M. Gilmer, (2001)