These gorgeous flowers are actually quite small and but for their attractive golden colour would have missed my eye.
Dandelion ( English), Dudhi ( Hindi) , Taraxacum officinale ( scientific)
Known down the centuries by both Indian and Western Herbal Medical practitioners, all parts of the plant are used for curing various ailments.
The Dandelion is particularly useful to cure ailments of the Liver and Kidneys.
The flower and leaves are also used to make wine and salads respectively. The leaves are a rich source for various vitamins and minerals .
It was by chance that I photographed the Puffball in quite another location in the Himalayas. ( in the garden of the Brentwood sanctuary near Prateeks lovely home)
It was only upon writing this article that I realized the Puffball is none other than the ripe fruit of the gorgeous golden yellow dandelion flower.
The seeds are dispersed by the wind and have inspired famous poets like William Wordsworth.
It is however an invasive weed and infests the crops of farmers around the world.
Do keep reading for more interesting anecdotes about Himalayan wildflowers.