Butterbur Petasites hybridus

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Fond of moist ground, this pink, tassled wildflower can often be found carpeting riversides and damp ditches.

With so many small flowers packed densely together, butterbur is very popular with bees. It is a great source of nectar early in the year, when wildflowers are still rather sparse.

Identification

The flower spikes have tiny pale pink flowers arranged down stems 10-40cm tall which appear before the leaves. The latter are very large: up to almost 1m wide and downy grey underneath.

Distribution

Throughout UK, but rarer in central and northern Scotland.

Habitat

Wet meadows, streamsides, copses.

Best time to see

Flowers March-May.

Did you know?

Its common names derives from its large, heart-shaped leaves that were used to wrap butter in the past.