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Tussilago farfara

Tussilage
Coltsfoot

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Plant family

Area

Sainte Baume

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

40 mm

Flowering months

February,

March,

April

Leaf type

Cordate

Height

10-30 cm

Description

The plant spreads by creeping horizontal runners (stolons) and seed; often found in large colonies.

Flowers

Flowers have narrow ray florets with prominent disk florets, on a scaly stalk (12 cm).

Leaves

Cordate heart-shaped. Broadly heart-shaped, shallowly lobed, toothed (10-18), hairy, on long stalks. Leaves appear after flowering.

Fruits Seeds

Achene: a cluster of 1-seeded fruits with feathery hair.

Medical

Leaves and flowers. ‘Tussi’ is the Latin word for cough; for centuries this plant provided a very important medicine to treat coughs.

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