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By Windy64

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom Gb

Plant id please (photo to come soon) as you will hopefully see no leaves which come after flowering and are hexagon shaped and big...any idea's ? ......many thanks. ;-) p.

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Tussilago farfara, commonly known as Coltsfoot, a plant in the family Asteraceae, and for me one of the heralds of spring!

15 Apr, 2013


it is indeed coltsfoot. I also see it is a welcome sign of spring, though it can be invasive.

16 Apr, 2013


Must say wouldn't want it in the garden but walking down by the burn seeing it and lesser celandine always makes my heart swell.

16 Apr, 2013


It doesn't grow round here and I do miss it. It seems to prefer a fairly heavy clay. Did you know its good for coughs? You used to be able to get a cough mixture called Coltsfoot Pine and Honey Balsam, which was the most effective one I ever tried. Then the powers that be made them take out the coltsfoot, leaving just a sweet syrup that was no more effective than any of the others. But you can still get coltsfoot rock from health food shops, and that works - don't tell Health and Safety!
There used to be (still is?) a cough mixture called Antussin and the ad was "Calms the nerves that make you cough". the active ingredient was coltsfoot, or a synthetic copy.

16 Apr, 2013


We have a very light sandy soil Steragram though the coltsfoot and celandines are growing in leaf litter but definitely no clay.

16 Apr, 2013


It used to grow in the sandy soil on the limestone cliffs and paths where I grew up in Sunderland. So I always associate it with coastal habitats. but it does grow in the neighbours gravel drive.

I agree MG celandine is pretty but not in my flower beds. there is a bit in the wilder places of the garden.

16 Apr, 2013


Coltsfoot... im amazed the information and i must say proud to have it ,its actually growing by the front door which is north facing(a safe place) along with some bluebells and more recently 2 papavers all growing happily...big thanks as they say you learn something new everyday.... many many big thanks to everyone... p. ;-)

16 Apr, 2013


Wow, MG & SBG - I wonder why it doesn't grow round here then. I feel swindled.

19 Apr, 2013


Have a look at my blogs - with photos of same.

20 Apr, 2013


No idea Sterag. has no problem growing near us... Perhaps you could try spreading some seed around and see what happens.

20 Apr, 2013


Don't know where to get any!

20 Apr, 2013


On line :)

20 Apr, 2013

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