Coltsfoot

by Susun Weed

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That’s not dandelion.

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Look at the flower buds

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Look at the stalks

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It’s Tussilago farfara, also know as coltsfoot, or child-before-the-parent (because it blooms before the leaves unfurl), a good way to make tussas (coughs) go far far away. The flowers are a wonderful way to enhance spring salads. I was taught to use only the flowers to make cough syrup or eat. Though the leaves are edible, they can be rich in problematic PAs.

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Coltsfoot loves to grow in drainage ditches, along the sides of roads, in fact, in any heavily-trafficked area. What a tough cookie she is.

Check out Susun's other weed walks below:

Celandine, nettles and more

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