Coltsfoot - Tussilago farfara (Composite family - Compositae)

 

Coltsfoot - Tussilago farfara (Composite family - Compositae) The plant is often mistaken for a dandelion but if one looks closely at the stem, one will see that it is covered with reddish scales. The flowers also appear long before the leaves. The leaves, white and hairy underneath, were thought to resemble a colt's foot; hence its common name.

 



The plant was brought from Europe as a cure for coughs, explaining its Latin name, as tussis is Latin for "cough." Its leaves were an ingredient in herbal tobacco, which was smoked as a treatment for asthma.

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