Yellow or 0range, pretty and lovely. That is what a dandelion is!
- Dandelions are native to Eurasia and North America.
- The leaves of a dandelion are 5-25 cms long and can grow longer.
- A dandelion flower is yellowy-orange colour and opens in the day and closes at night.
- A dandelion has hair-like seeds that float like a parachute.
- There are 34 macro species, 2000 microspecies and 60 classified species.
- Dandelions have been used as food and herbs throughout history, although some people have allergic reactions when they consume or touch them.
- A dandelion is a good type of weed since it adds minerals and nitrogen to the soil and attracts pollinating insects.
- The leaves of a dandelion contain vitamins A, C and K and contain calcium, potassium, iron and manganese.
- Dandelions has been used in medicine in Europe, North America and China. The medicine helps cure infections, bile or liver problems.
- Four dandelions appear on the West Virginia emblem, White Sulphur Springs.
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Golden Delicious or Granny Smith. All are nice and sweet – just like Ten Random Facts you see.
- An apple is a pomaceous fruit and grows on a deciduous tree.
- The apple tree originated from Asia.
- There are more than 7,500 different cultivars of apple.
- 69 million tonnes of apples were grown worldwide, in 2010. China produced just under half of this amount.
- The seeds of an apple are a little poisonous.
- China produces most of the world’s apples, followed by the United States, Turkey, Italy and India.
- The flowers of an apple tree are normally white with a pinkish tinge.
- A test on the Golden Delicious apple in 2010 showed that apples have 57,000 genes.
- If you are allergic to birch pollen you are allergic to apples.
- 149 grams of apple contain approximately 77 calories.
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It smells good, looks good and feels good. Well, maybe not ‘feels good’. No, let’s look at the rose!
- There are over 100 different species of roses.
- Thousands of cultivars and hybrids have been bred from the different species.
- The tallest species of rose plant can reach up to 7 meters high.
- Most leaves on a rose stem are between 5 and 15 cm (2″ to 5.9″) long.
- Different parts of a rose can be used as food, medicine, perfume, crops or decoration.
- The oil from a rose can be turned into jam, jelly, marmalade or can flavour tea.
- The rose is used as symbols for many countries and occasions.
- The fruit on a rose is called the rose hip.
- Rose hips can contain between 5 and 160 seeds.
- The thorns (prickles) on a rose stem is used to defend the plant from threats or help the rose’s vegetation growth.
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