Dandelions can actually boost a garden, help ecosystem

05/10/2010 | Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration)

Dandelions can be an important part of a garden because they are valuable to the pollinators they attract, writes Reeser Manley. Bees need dandelions as an early source of nectar and pollen, but the dandelions do not need the bees because they can reproduce by a process called apomixis, which means the seeds develop without pollination. Dandelions can also help brighten the garden's landscape in the early spring, Manley notes.

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