West Highland Flora

Coltsfoot


Tussilago farfara

 

Tussilago farfara

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Feb 2003 Portree, Skye
Main flowerhead c 25 mm diameter

Common on bare damp ground beside burns and tracks, also in short grass of road verges.

Flowerhead c 15-35 mm diameter

ID: Flowering shoots unmistakable with scales up stem.  Leaves on their own could only be confused with the much larger Butterbur, but are angular in shape and do not have veins bordering the basal lobes.

Other features: One of the earliest plants to flower.  The leaves only begin to appear after the flowers are out.

 

Tussilago farfara

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Feb 2003 Portree, Skye
 

   

 

Stems are upright when flowering (upper left), then droop after flowering (lower left), then upright again when the seedheads form (below)

 

 

Tussilago farfara

Photo Carl Farmer
27 Apr 2002 Portree, Skye

   
Tussilago farfara

Photo Carl Farmer
3 May 2002 Portree, Skye

 
 
 
Tussilago farfara

Photo Carl Farmer
3 May 2002 Portree, Skye
 

  Tussilago farfara

Photo Carl Farmer
20 Sep 2001 Portree, Skye
 

Young leaves, appearing soon after the flowers fade   By autumn the leaves have grown very large and coarse

 

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