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Set B2 - Wild Flowers - card information

23. Coltsfoot
(Tussilago farfara L.)

23. Coltsfoot

The yellow daisy-shaped flower-heads of the coltsfoot open very early in the year, often in February. The flowering stems are generally in tufts, and they are covered with long scales. They continue to grow until the plant goes to seed, when each head bears a ball of white down. The broad leaves, green above and white and cottony beneath, develop later in the spring. Coltsfoot thrives on clay soil which has recently been disturbed.