Monday, March 8, 2010

"First Blooms of Spring" - Photo of the Day - March 8th, 2010

First Blooms of Spring - Photo of the Day - March 8th, 2010
View Cart

"First Blooms of Spring"

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) is a plant in the family Asteraceae.

It has been used medicinally as a cough suppressant. The name “tussilago” itself means “cough suppressant.” The plant has been used since at least historical times to treat lung ailments such as asthma as well as various coughs by way of smoking. Crushed flowers supposedly cured skin conditions, and the plant has been consumed as a food item.

Coltsfoot is a perennial herbaceous plant that spreads by seeds and rhizomes. Tussilago is often found in colonies of dozens of plants. The flowers, which superficially resemble dandelions, appear in early spring before dandelions appear. The leaves, which resemble a colt’s foot in cross section, do not appear usually until after the seeds are set. Thus, the flowers appear on stems with no apparent leaves, and the later appearing leaves then wither and die during the season without seeming to set flowers. The plant is typically between 10 – 30 cm in height.

This image was captured in mid-April 2008 in Lynde Shores Conservation Area in Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

Purchase Greeting Card or Print at RedBubble | Purchase Royalty-free Stock

No comments:

Post a Comment