3 responses to “Tussilago farfara”

  1. fotrristi

    For us in Sweden, this little beauty tells us spring is on the way. It’s our first wild flower to poke up it’s head and splash some colour over the dirty drab roadsides. It always brings a smile to my face and I was just out, myself, and took some photos of it today. Thanks for showing it!
    As you mention it can be quite a problem and it certainly is invasive, even here where it grows naturally in the wild. I live in a rural area with heavy clay soil and it has a great tendency for visiting my garden where it’s not wanted. The visits are usually not of the ‘short stay-kind’ since the roots can be a real hassle to get rid off. I still love it though!
    One thing I’ve noticed is that it follows in the tracks of the machines they use for cutting down trees (like Plantago major). I can find it quite far into the woods, but as you also mention – this area is already disturbed.
    Pygge

  2. Anthony

    This is the type of plant we are certain to need to get us through the upcoming global environmental upheavals.

  3. Karen Vaughan

    If you pick the flowers when they start to bud, and preserve them in alcohol, with some sugar added, they make a fine cough remedy.
    I also use the leaves later in the year. And the leaves infused in oil make for a fine antispasmodic rub.

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