Multitudes of different weeds primarily dandelions infect lawn near Sources boulevard in Montreal’s West Island as May temperatures rise and traditional rains contribute to humidity prevalent during this time.
Native to Europe this perennial arrived with early settlers who used them both for food and herbal medicine purposes and just like that proverbial Genie they escaped, into the wild.
Very aggressive these plants propagate sending unknown massive quantities of their tiny seeds from their greyish-white colored “puffballs” to be carried by wind everywhere.
The seeds float around on tiny “parachutes” buffeted by air current to land and germinate easily especially when soil is moist and temperature remains over fifty degrees Farenheit.
This aggressiveness along with a tendency to obliterate all other plant life on your lawn with its broad leaves allowing only dandelions to remain earned them being categorized as “weeds”.
The “dandelion” English name derived from French language meaning “tooth of the lion” meanwhile, the French call them “pissenlit”, translated means “to pee the bed” perhaps, because dandelions are a known diuretic and chemically strong as some commercial products.
Moreover, they are totally edible leaves, flowers and the roots providing “a ton” of daily recommended vitamins A and K in addition to calcium, iron, and magnesium.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”INFECT”.