Congradulations Dawn Treader and Squirrel Queen! Somehow, I knew that you would both identify my yellow flower. Squirrel Queen recently identified two wildflowers for me, and Dawn Treader is a wealth of information on the subject. This frilly yellow flower is Mouse-Eared Hawkweed, and my husband is it's sworn enemy. This is because it's a very invasive weed that spreads on runner-like roots. But this little flower also relaxes the muscles of the bronchial tubes, reduces mucous, and stimulates the cough reflex. This makes it wonderful for asthma, bronchitis, and many other respritory problems. Ah, but now to that wonderfully strange name! There is hair underneath the leaves, see it in my leaf picture? Mine is sparse, but some look quite furry, resembling a mouse ear. Now to the hawk part. There is a myth that hawks tear the plant open and wet their eyes with it's juice to improve their vision, so they can see their prey better. This plant is very common almost everywhere and thrives in bad soil, so next time you think you see dandelions, take a closer look. But watch out for swooping hawks!
"Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread his wings toward the south? Does the eagle soar at your command and build his nest on high? He dwells on a cliff and stays there at night; a rocky crag is his stronghold. From there he seeks out his food; his eyes detect it from afar." Job 39:26,29