Colt's-foot Tussilago farfara

A pretty yellow flower, shaped like a disk, with straight needle-like florets fanning out from the centre.

The leaves, which interestingly appear after the flowers, have white felted undersides and are shaped like the feet of colts - hence the name. The stems are upright and have small scale leaves.

Distribution

Widespread across Britain.

Habitat

It grows in a range of habitats with open or disturbed ground, including arable land, waste land, shingle and scree, even landslips.

Best time to see

The flowers appear in early spring and are at their brightest best in March and April.

Did you know...

Historically the plant was been used as a remedy for coughs and colds.