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Old Apr 9, 2011, 6:57 PM   #1
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Coltsfoot is a perennial herbaceous plant that spreads by seeds and rhizomes. Tussilago is often found in colonies of dozens of plants. The flowers, which superficially resemble dandelions, appear in early spring before dandelions appear. The leaves, which resemble a colt's foot in cross section, do not appear usually until after the seeds are set. Thus, the flowers appear on stems with no apparent leaves, and the later appearing leaves then wither and die during the season without seeming to set flowers. The plant is typically between 10 - 30 cm in height.


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Coltsfoot is native to several locations in Europe and Asia. It is also a common plant in North America and South America where it has been introduced, most likely by settlers as a medicinal item. The plant is often found in waste and disturbed places and along roadsides and paths. In some areas it is considered an invasive species.


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Other common names include Tash Plant, Ass's foot, Bull's foot, Butterbur, Coughwort, Farfara, Foal's foot, Foalswort, Horse Foot and Winter heliotrope. Sometimes it is confused with Petasites frigidus, or Western Coltsfoot.
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Old Apr 9, 2011, 7:51 PM   #2
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Beautiful and sharp and detailed. Nice work Torgny.
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Old Apr 9, 2011, 8:26 PM   #3
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Beautiful and sharp and detailed. Nice work Torgny.

Lyn,

Thanks. I was just trying to make a larger crop to see how the quality of the .jpg was.

Another quote from wikileaks, sorry wikipedia:

"The plant is often found in waste and disturbed places and along roadsides and paths"

"waste and disturbed places" - like that

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Nice detail, Torgny. And thank you for the description, really adds to the photo.
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Nice detail, Torgny. And thank you for the description, really adds to the photo.

Thank you, saly. It seems to have (had) wide use as a medical herb against different coughs

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