Colt's-foot - Tussilago farfara

    Alternative names

    Low to short, downy, creeping plant stems erect, purplish-scaly, unbranched. Leaves all basal, rounded-heart-shaped, shallowly lobed or toothed, mealy white above when young, white felted beneath. Flowers yellow 13 to 15 mm with narrow rays, solitary. Erect in bud, nodding as the flowers fade. Fruit a white 'clock'.

    Identification difficulty

    Damp habitats, roadsides, arable land, hedge banks.

    When to see it

    February to April. The flowers appear before the leaves and are one of the earliest flowers to show.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 586 of the 617 tetrads.

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