Although a common weed, and therefore disliked, yet a mass of dandelions, when in bloom early in May, presents one of the most gay and rich golden shows possible to be created. With a little care, to prevent them from going to seed, a bed may be kept within bounds, as I happen to know; and no plant that we have will at the same season, and with the same amount of labor and care, present a more gorgeous display of flowers.

The Dandelion #1

This very common plant, that adorns our grass plats and pasture grounds, with its bright, golden-colored flowers, from the first opening of spring until late in September, grows spontaneously in the four quarters of the globe; from near the poles to beneath the equator; on the margin of rivers and streams, as well as on sterile rocks; has various qualities that are seldom met together in any description, if ever heretofore combined in one. I shall not stop to describe this very common and well-known plant. I

Dr. Gray, in his late Manual of Botany, reverses the old name, "Leonto-don taraxacum" no doubt for sufficient reason, to that of Taraxacum dene-leonis.

Our common English name, " Dandelion," is a corruption from the French name, "Dent-de-lion," which, like the German name, "Lowenzahn," and the old Greek name, "Leontodon," has its allusion, from the runcinately-toothed leaves, to the tooth or teeth of a lion. Our other common name of "Piss-abed" is also after the French name "Le piss-enlit," derived from its diuretic qualities. The other German names of "Pfaffenrohrlein" and "Dotterbluh-men" are not so clear. Thus much as to its name. Next its properties.