|Coltsfoot in Bud and Bloom|
Back to Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) gives a nod to dandelion in the shape of its flower, but much smaller in size. The plant grows 3 to 18 inches tall. "Tussis" in Latin means "cough". People thought the juice of the plant cured coughs. In New England they made candy sticks made with coltsfoot flavor to soothe coughs. The name "coltsfoot" comes from the shape of the leaves which are shaped like hoofs. The leaves come out after the blooms are finished and can be up to 18 inches across. The leaves in the photo above are ground ivy! It grows in damp, disturbed soil along roads and streams throughout Pennsylvania. This information is from a book called Wildflowers of Pennsylvania by Mary Joy Haywood and Phyllis Testal Monk. I took a photo of The Herbal Husband chomping on a piece of chive. You know we are happy here when that happens! Hope you are having a great day. We are out trying to get seeds planted and plants in the herb garden trimmed back. Yippee! Talk to you later. P.S. Take a guess what's coming back in the banner photo.
|It's the Lovage Coming to Life!|