4th May 2018

Coltsfoot: the flowers, shaped like chimney sweep’s brushes, come out from February onwards, often on waste sites, opening in daylight and closing at night. The stems are scaly and the heads droop once fertilised, before fluffy heads of parachuted seeds develop and are wind-distributed. Only then do the large leaves, from whose shape the plant gets its name, appear (see photo’s). Still used in cough medicines, Coltsfoot leaves used to be dried and rolled and smoked to relieve asthma. The down on their undersides was scraped off and used as tinder. Conditions: sunny and blue-skied. Temperature: max18 Min 5c 

Coltsfoot

Coltsfoot seed-heads

Coltsfoot leaf

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