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Coltsfoot

Tussilago farfara

Description:

Coltsfoot is a herbaceous perennial producing bright yellow flowers typical fro Daisy family (Asteraceae); on a scales-covered stem early in spring. The rosette of real leaves will follow afterwards. Observed growing in colonies, often as a massif.

Habitat:

Common Eurasian plant, observed growing as massifs in alpine environment, on edges of mountain forests and mountain grasslands in French Alps.

Notes:

The plant was considered so useful as medicinal herb and as a food, that it seems to have been imported by colons to the New World. Flowerbuds and leaves were in traditional use, as a remedy, for bronchitis, lung cancer, emphysema, inflammation, rheumatism, swelling and water retention, and tuberculosis. I'm finding also reports on edibility of flower buds and young leaves; but also on their potential toxicity... Interesting thing is that its ashes (leaves were dried and burnt) were used as salt replacement or condiment - I wonder how did the people come up with that one.

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

Spotted on Mar 23, 2019
Submitted on Apr 11, 2019

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