Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

QUERY: ‘Mary Queen of Scots …’

034Following a lecture to the Kew Mutual Improvement Society, at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Surrey, on 22 September 2014, a young woman contributed the following:

‘Glasgow, 1990s. ¬†Dandelion [Taraxacum officinale] flowerheads – we would sing ‘Mary Queen of Scots got her head chopped off’ and use fingernails to catapult flowerhead off.’

This is the first record of this pastime in Plant-lore Archive, has anyone else ever come across it?   If you have, please send your memories to

Image:  Trent Country Park, London Borough of Enfield; August 2015.


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