vernal pool

Mittineague

Coltsfoot

There are no plants in blossom on December 8th.
The earliest date currently listed is Mar 15, and the latest date is Nov 11

Coltsfoot

Coltsfoot
Tussilago farfara
Grieve says that "an old name for Coltsfoot was Filius ante patrem (the son before the father), because the star-like, golden flowers appear and wither before the broad, sea-green leaves are produced." and that it's "Medicinal Action and Uses" include "Demulcent, expectorant and tonic. One of the most popular of cough remedies. It is generally given together with other herbs possessing pectoral qualities, such as Horehound, Marshmallow, Ground Ivy, etc" According to Foster and Duke: "Smoke believed to impede impulse fibers of parasympathetic nerves, and act as an antihistamine. Research suggests leaf mucilage soothes inflamed mucous membranes, and leaves have spasmolytic activity." Hutchens notes: "our local Coltsfoot prefers certain clay soil." Beyerl says that "Coltsfoot contains many useful vitamins, among them calcium, potassium, sulpher, vitamin C, and tannin, but is best known for the amount of mucilage within the herb." Culpeper notes that it's flowering time is "Late winter to mid spring."

***~ WARNING ~***

According to Foster and Duke: "Contains traces of liver-affecing pyrrolizidine alkaloids, potentially toxic in large doses."
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