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Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
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Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Height: 0.25 to 1.5 ft.
Blooms: February to June
Leaf Type: toothed
Bloom Size: 1 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Individual flowers, Parts indistinct
Location: Sandy Creek Trail
More photos of this flower
- Common Dandelion
Dandelion stems are hollow with milky sap. Coltsfoot stems have reddish scales.
Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.