Dandelions through the millennia have been food, medicine, charms, and toys. Can there be anyone who doesn't know dandelions? Or who hasn't puffed at their blowballs? Dandelion leaves are edible, but sure do stimulate your bitter buds. The flowers are made into wine. There's an old family tale of my Dad being punished by his minister father for helping a neighbor make dandelion wine. The roots can be dry roasted and ground to make a coffee substitute. Dandelions have been used to treat a wide variety of ailments. For some, particularly digestive problems, it does help. The flowers can produce a yellow dye. Why wouldn't we want dandelions around our houses?