Monday, April 19, 2010
Dent de Lion
This rather unassuming plant hardly seems to merit its name -- "Dandelion" is a corruption of the French "dent de lion," or "lion's tooth" (so called because of the spiky leaves.
Of course, if you prefer a different language, you could always go with the German "Loewenzahn," the Welsh "dant y llew," or the Italian "diente di leone." All of which sound rather noble for a weed!
The little dandelion above (in the "parachute ball" stage) is growing quite contentedly in front of our apartment building. Such a happy, whimsical plant! I am so grateful that God gave us such beauty and diversity on our planet -- even when it comes in the form of a lion's tooth.