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Have you heard about burning dandelions? There is a bit of a myth going around that dandelions burn in multicolor. I saw an amazing picture that made me really want to try it out! My kids and I were so excited!
That picture above is the one I have seen floating around online. Isn’t it amazing? Well we have more dandelions in our yard that I would like right now, so we decided to put this experiment to the test.
Burning Dandelions: What Really Happens??
The flame was FAST and out in seconds and was just plain orange. My kids thought it was cool, but were bummed that there were no vibrant colors. BUT, that did’t stop us from burning a whole bunch more!!
Here is one more shot of that same flower:
Still orange! 🙂
And here are some other ones:
Awesome, but just orange! We couldn’t get enough of it.
Here is a slow motion video of our burning dandelions. You can see the actual colors and what happens.
Also, I did a little digging to see why this rumor spread and came across this hilarious picture! Somebody came across the original picture and put it next to the bright colored one. Somebody was just messing around and it spread like “wildfire”!
So this was one myth we were sad to bust, but despite it not burning it bright colors, it was a very fun experiment to try. We loved it and with adult supervision is an easy little experiment to do with kids. I still recommend doing it! So, be sure to give it a try and get rid of some of those pesky weeds.
I am participating this month in a series of 31 Days of Outdoor STEM posted by Little Bins for Little Hands. There are some awesome ideas coming, so be sure to stop by and check it out!