spring signs

Spots of sunshine

Friday, April 23rd, 2010 | Green Wonders | No Comments

One of the first herbs to appear in spring is the Coltsfoot (Tussilago or Hästhov in Swedish, Tussilago farfara in latin). Between the withered leaves and straws small yellow flowers appear as soon as the first snow is gone. The Swedish name translated as horse foot is related to the shape of the large leaves that appear later in the summer. In the past the leaves where used for brewing tea that was thought to mitigate cough. The Coltsfoot is a  so-called pioneer species that is found on bare soil on construction sites. Very common, but still a much welcome sign of spring.

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Coltsfoot

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