Normally in Spring i rip these plants out by the roots as soon as i see the yellow bud about to open and try to catch them before they release the hundreds of floating seed ‘parachutes’ that will reset more and ever more of these weeds in my lawns and garden beds.
The name comes from the Latin then into the French Dent de Lion (Tooth of the lion) regarding the jagged edge to the leaves.
This was one of the rare ones to reach ‘maturity’ and had already begun to sow more seeds of doom.
But having seen how utterly magnificent these creations are up close i might consider being a little more lenient….. i MIGHT….. 🙂
The jagged teeth on the inner spines of each seed designed to ‘catch’ on to a secure landing point are just one of the amazing feature of these ‘flowers’.
In my childhood days we used to know these as ‘Clock Flowers’ because it was supposed to tell you what time in the afternoon it was by how many breaths it took to blow all the seeds off! 🙂