Coltsfoot appearing


Coltsfoot flowers have been out for a couple of weeks. They grow beside pathways, woodland edges and rough ground.

Nicknamed ‘Son of the Father’ because the flowers appear before the leaves, it is the classic remedy for coughs and chest complaints. The traditional sweet ‘cough candy’ was made of Coltsfoot.

The Gypsies say that wherever Coltsfoot grows, coal will be found below. Keep it quiet though, or they’ll start mining.

We will follow this plant and discuss its many uses as the flowers disappear and the leaves shaped like a ‘colt’s feet’ pop their heads above ground.


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