A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 13 – Coltsfoot


“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

Seven Days of Spring Wildflowers

A common early spring wildflower… Tussilago farfara… Commonly known as “Coltsfoot”… Is a plant in the Aster family that has had medicinal uses in the past…However… Discovery of toxic alkaloids in the plant have resulted in concerns of liver issues… The name “tussilago” actually means “cough suppressant”…

Coltsfoot is a perennial herbaceous plant that spreads by seed and rhizome… Often found in colonies of hundreds of plants… The flowers… Which superficially resemble dandelions… Actually appear in early spring well before the dandelions appear in profusion… The leaves… Which resemble a colt’s foot in cross-section… Do not appear until after the seeds set… When in bloom the flowers appear on stems with no leaves… After flowering the leaves appear without ever setting bloom… This causes a great deal of confusion later in the summer…

NATIVE PLANTS DO NOT TRANSPLANT WELL AND SHOULD BE LEFT IN THE WILD… It takes a great deal of experience to transplant from the wild… 99% of the time your transplants will be dead before you even get back in your car… Please don’t dig wildflowers…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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3 thoughts on “A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 13 – Coltsfoot

  1. I haven’t seen any of these either. The dandelions in my garden flowers profusely. I eat the leaves instead of spinach.


  2. laflor5233 says:

    I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one of these.


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