The yellow flower of the dandelion (Taraxacum officinaleis) commonly referred to as a weed of roadsides, gardens and waste ground. The flower heads are a fantastic nectar source and food plant for bees, hoverflies and butterflies.

Linnets, a bird of farmland is known to feed the developed seeds to its young chicks. The seed heads are white and can be seen dispersing in the wind.

The leaves when young can be used in salads and the flowers to make dandelion wine.

Credit: Information and photo kindly supplied by Peter Dowse of Bollington, Cheshire