Coltsfoot is a perennial herbaceous plant that flowers
early in the year. At the end of the winter, but also
early in spring , there small yellow dandalion-like
flowers appear before the leave (naked flowering).
If Coltsfoot flowers in april it is heavely visited
by bees and butterflies. Coltsfoot grows everywhere
but prefers barren grounds.
By far the most important way of propagation are
the long thin rhizomes, that can extend or more
then 2 meter.
Coltsfoot as a weed
Coltsfoot can be a problem, but do this : in spring
the yellow flowers show you were you can find
the rhizomes: remove them , and youre Coltfoot invasion will stop.
Coltsfoot as a medicine
Its is dangerous to use coltsfoot as a medicine.
against coughing as it increase the risk for cancre.
For this reason , coltsfoot is often forbidden abroad.
Coltsfoot is poisionous
The use of Coltsfoot as a medicine or worse,
as a food causes hepatic changes, and hepatitis.
But there is also a increase in cancre risk.
Coltsfoot and Common Butterbur
These two plants are sometimes confused because they
have the same shaped leaves , but are not related at all.
These plants are flowering plants belonging to
the family Asteraceae. on this website you can find:
aster cultivars and aster nova-belgii
Leopards bane or doronicum
Aster tripolium or Sea Aster