Colt's-foot - Tussilago farfara
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'.
Damp habitats, roadsides, arable land, hedge banks.
February to April. The flowers appear before the leaves and are one of the earliest flowers to show.
Common throughout Britain.
Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 586 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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