Dandelion Flower Meaning2017-03-22T03:15:14+00:00

The Dandelion Flower: Its Meanings & Symbolism

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You might curse it as a weed when it pops up in your lawn, but the Dandelion is beautiful and full of symbolism nonetheless. This cheerful little flower can grow practically anywhere there is a pinch of soil or a crack in the sidewalk. Even if you think of the plant as nothing more than a pest, understanding some of its using as a symbol could give you a new appreciation for those flowers you keep pulling up as you weed.

What Does the Dandelion Flower Mean?

The common and humble Dandelion has a surprising amount of different meanings. The Dandelion means:

  • Healing from emotional pain and physical injury alike
  • Intelligence, especially in an emotional and spiritual sense
  • The warmth and power of the rising sun
  • Surviving through all challenges and difficulties
  • Long lasting happiness and youthful joy
  • Getting your wish fulfilled

Since the Dandelion can thrive in difficult conditions, it is no wonder that people say the flower symbolizes the ability to rise above life’s challenges.

Etymological Meaning of the Dandelion Flower

The Dandelion name first developed in the 15th century. It was derived from the Medieval Latin phrase dens lionis, which refers to the jagged shape of the leaves by calling them a lion’s tooth. This transformed into dent-de-lion in French, and then became Dandelion in Middle English. We still use the same name today because it’s easy to remember and definitely still applies as a description of how the plant looks.

Symbolism of the Dandelion Flower

As such a common weed, the Dandelion didn’t even merit a mention in the Victorian language of flowers. That didn’t stop Medieval peasants and modern spiritualists from considering it a symbolic flower. Most modern admirers consider it a symbol of fighting through the challenges of life and emerging victorious on the other side. Others use it as a visual reminder of the sun’s power, especially when depression or grief makes it hard to stay sunny. Of course, there is a long running folk belief that blowing out the white puffball of seeds that the flowers turns into will grant you one wish. Others use it as a reminder to use intelligence in dealing with every kind of situation. Finally, most people agree that the Dandelion looks so cheerful and happy, even when it is taking over a sidewalk or shading out grass in a lawn.

Dandelion Flower Color Meanings

All Dandelions are yellow, so they share a common color meaning no matter which particular species you work with.

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Meaningful Botanical Characteristics of the Dandelion Flower

The Dandelion grows across North America and Europe, and was introduced into many other continents as well. The leaves and flowers are both edible and quite healthy, with the flowers tasting less bitter than the leaves. Many rural people still use the flowers for making Dandelion wine in the summer. The root of the plant also contains compounds believed to relieve kidney and bladder problems when drunk as a tea.

Special Occasions for the Dandelion Flowers

Gather up a small informal bouquet of Dandelions from your yard for occasions like:

  • Celebrating the return of summer
  • Overcoming an obstacle, especially by using your innate intelligence
  • Trying to connect with the sun and its power
  • Celebrating any event that brings joy and the energy of youth into your life

The Dandelion Flower’s Message Is…

The Dandelion flower’s message is do not give up, even if those around you keep trying to get rid of you. Stick it out and remember the cheerfulness of a sunny summer’s day when things seem bleak or dark.

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  1. Jim C. June 19, 2016 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Love the pictures and I never heard the dandilion described in this manner it rings true to me and I have been eating the leaves of this plant I have been down in dumps and trying to overcome breakup whee I lost a lot but this article rang true I had tons of dandilion growing in yard of where I’m staying and they comforted me brighten my day I was thinking how people disregard them as weed and desperately try to get rid of them (myself inclu.) now I would rather a yard of the plants no longer a “weed” in my book.brighten my day…yes! They have healing power in beauty and in consumption!!

  2. Jim C. June 19, 2016 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    *where not whee -*as a weed
    A yard of dandilions rather than grass hahaa I spread the floating seeds everywhere I’m curious to see what the yard will look like next season !

    • Karla November 27, 2018 at 7:15 am - Reply

      How’s your yard looking???

  3. Brooke August 20, 2016 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    I have a dandelion tattoo on my right ribs.. i never knew the ‘real’ meaning…
    I got due to my partner and daughters dad passing to me it represented hardships and flying through the wind to where I need to be…
    After reading this it has even more meaning for the grief I was experiencing at the time.
    My other rib I have stars up my hip to rib/under breast and in Latin ‘Per aspera ad astra’ means Through Hardships to the Stars again was symbolic to me means even though lots of challengers you will find the stars at the end…
    So happy I chose a dandelion now

  4. Chris September 12, 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Nice article thanks for sharing! Did you guys know that Hans Christian Andersen wrote a fabulous short,short, story about the dandelion and an apple blossom? Its called “The Proud Little Apple Blossom” I posted it on our site, here is the link http://www.adandeliongirl.com/the-proud-little-apple-blossom if anyone has not read it.

  5. Kim September 14, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    I don’t usually leave a comment on anything I come across because when I find what I’m looking for, the article/post is already 4-5 years old. I read the link to “The Little Apple Blossum” about dandelions. It was a great short story! I just had to mention it. Thanks!

    • Chris October 20, 2016 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Kim, have a look at our book as well when you get a chance!

  6. Nancy Nelson October 3, 2016 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Just reading this this morning has given me a new perspective on dandelions and the feathery scatterings we embrace by blowing them of their stem.

  7. KAREN October 27, 2016 at 12:46 am - Reply

    The dandelion has been in my head for the past several weeks. It’s the the first thing I type, then I delete it. Then I continue my research on the web. Weird isn’t it?
    Lately my family and I have been through hard moments. Financially it’s been very tough, and every time I see a dandelion on our front yard it makes me smile. My son and brother had a blast blowing the dandelions. What an article. It really is great to know the symbolism behind it and actually feel it too.

  8. Dottie January 6, 2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    I found a bright yellow dandelion in my yard in the bleak of January… searching for a meaning, I found this lovely website and it’s uplifting messages..

  9. Denise February 27, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    I recently had surgery and has been out of work on short term disability. Having said that, I have been struggling with whether I should return or not. I have been deeply depressed and I don’t know what to do. Life has a way of forcing you to make tough decisions. I just feel overwhelmed and I really want to give up. Thanks for this article.

    • Claudia March 25, 2017 at 10:47 am - Reply

      Don’t give up, Denise. You are loved and needed.

    • Kat March 28, 2017 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      I said a prayer for you , Denise . I have been thru something similiar . If I tell you everything that has happened you prolly won’t believe me – lol so much . I just want you to know others care and are praying for you !🌼🌻🌻🌻🌻🌼🌼🌼

  10. Julie July 7, 2017 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Just had a dandelion tattoo. I read a dandelion was a gift given to you by your loved one. My loved one is in heaven so to me this represents keeping him with me forever and to never give up on life.

  11. JC July 27, 2017 at 7:39 am - Reply

    My brother died at age 26 on May 15 this year. This has been the saddest, hardest and most devastating moment of my life. I will be getting a tattoo of dandelion next week. He loved blowing dandelions so much as a kid he actually collected them in a plastic bag so he can have more to blow on for later. Of course he was so dissapointed to see that all the seeds have fallen off the stem once he opened the bag.

    This article really spoke to me. “Healing thru emotional pain…surviving despite of difficulties”.

    I will forever remember my brother as a loving, caring, intelligent and playful soul.

    • Sugar August 2, 2017 at 2:07 am - Reply

      I am so sorry to hear about your brother & I hope you draw strength from this site & your wonderful memories. xx

  12. Marie July 30, 2017 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    My brother passed away last week after a heart attack in his 40s it was very traumatic as we sat for 4 days by his side in intensive care. The day after he passed I went to bed and I kept my light on as I was talking to my best friend on the phone when out of nowhere a dandilion flew past me and spun around my room before landing on my pillow next to me I had no windows opened in my room but did have a fan on. I believe the dandilion was a message from him to give me strength to get through this and that he is there watching over his little sister…

  13. Hallie October 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Such beautiful and touching comments! I have enjoyed reading each one! Those of you who commented on this article: Thank you for brightening my day!

    Life is not easy. We all struggle and we all experience despair. If we are not currently suffering or grieving, we either have at some point or we will at some point, and that’s just life on Planet Earth. This is why symbols of hope are so precious!

    I have a question about making wishes on dandelions that I hope someone can answer! To do it properly, is one supposed to blow off ALL of the seeds in ONE breath???

  14. Tilotma Naidu October 30, 2017 at 12:32 am - Reply

    i am teaching my class about dandelions and they love it

  15. Debbie December 9, 2017 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Thank you for the article. I enjoyed reading! Did you know that dandelions are the symbol of chilren raised in military families? We “brats” embrace the little flower because it symbolizes being able to grow whever life might take you, and then military kids get scattered and blown to all parts of the world when they grow up. Navy, Air Force, and Army brats have a very striong connection to one another born of a shared experience.

    • Chris February 28, 2018 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing that Debbie, That’s great to know!

  16. Alan March 4, 2018 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    IMHO Dandelions wishes come true based on how high and far the seeds fly.
    You can blow or wave them free in the wind or throw the last couple with the stem.

  17. Laura April 18, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    I have a dandelion tattoo for my Dad in heaven. It also says “one more day with you” with the floating seeds. That’s my wish when blowing a dandelion..just one more day… anyway, I am a birth newborn and children’s photographer and im re-branding my business. I am using a dandelion as my logo. However, Im having a really hard time coming up with a tagline. Id like to somehow incorporate the dandelion even by eluding to the meaning but I cant come up with anything… any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance for your help

  18. Angiee September 24, 2018 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I lost the love of my life 9/11/18 and for the next 3 to 4 days I saw the thousands of the seeds in the floating through the air and I mean more than I have ever seen in my life there were so many they were getting stuck in the fence in the backyard were I sat for days just looking at the river just wondering how I was going to live without him,and when he was here and he would see one a catch it and,hold it up to my mouth a tell me , make a wish and I would blow it and tell him my wish has already came true I have you.. But seeing all of them those days was amazing I truly believe it was him letting me know he was watching over me and he was finally at peace❤❤

  19. Snow Princess October 7, 2018 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Ive gone through a lot of disappointment in love… ive decided to be free like the dandelion

  20. Sheryl January 27, 2019 at 5:32 am - Reply

    I just got my first tattoo at the age of 69, after discovering that the Dandelion is the official flower of Military Children, or in my case, an Army brat! It is a Dandelion, as the seeds float away they turn into birds…

    Written by an unknown author:

    “The official flower of the military child is the dandelion. Why? The plant puts down roots almost anywhere, and it’s almost impossible to destroy. It’s an unpretentious plant, yet good looking. It’s a survivor in a broad range of climates. Military children bloom everywhere the winds carry them. They are hardy and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the military, planted swiftly and surely. They’re ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new adventures, new lands, and new friends.

    Experts say that military children are well-rounded, culturally aware, tolerant, and extremely resilient. Military children have learned from an early age that home is where their hearts are, that a good friend can be found in every corner of the world, and that education doesn’t only come from school. They live history. They learn that to survive means to adapt, that the door that closes one chapter of their life opens up to a new and exciting adventure full of new friends and new experiences.”

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