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Dandelion dispersing seeds
Dandelions disperse their seeds in the wind. Each seed has a separate parachute of tiny fibers that spread out as the seed head ripens to make a fragile round ball. The ball then waits for a puff of breeze to pull the seeds free. Dandelions are good sources of many vitamins: Their Latin name actually translates to "the official cure of all ills." Historicaly, people would dig the roots and also eat the young leaves in late winter and early spring. The young leaves can be a welcome, if somewhat bitter, addition to salads.