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Colt's Foot (Tussilago farfara)


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A single sunny day in February or March can result in the flowering of this plant. It grows on sterile banks, waste grounds and places where little else flowers, as well as grassy banks. It prefers clay soils. Whilst it is flowering no leaves are visible, just scales on the stem. It gets its name from its hoof shaped leaves. It produces hairy parachute shaped seeds which stay airborne, spreading over long distances. The plant's leaves were once dried and smoked in pipes to help asthma. The juice was used as a cough cure. It flowers mainly March to April. Picture taken at Bedford 2nd March 2007.

2nd Mar 2007 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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