Most people see dandelions as just a tenacious invasive weed, a major pest to be eradicated as quickly as possible in any and all environments. I have a slightly different view. While I don’t want them crowding out other plants I care about—either wild or domestic—I can’t help but admire their persistence and enjoy their bright yellow faces in single blossoms, clusters of blooms, or whole fields of bold color along roadways and in open meadows. Dandelions are usually among the very first blossoms in spring, a sure sign that the season has turned. I marvel too at where you find them, flourishing in beds of rock, in the middle of traveled roadways, and even in the cracks in concrete sidewalks. So consider this another split loyalty, not to defend their invasiveness, but to appreciate their positive qualities in spite of it.
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