Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:09 PM | Anonymous

by Susun Weed

See those many-rayed, small yellow flowers? They aren’t dandelion. Look closely and you’ll see that the stalk is covered with white hairs and little scales, while the stalk of a dandelion flower is smooth. This is coltsfoot, a common roadside plant throughout much of the temperate regions, and often the first yellow of spring. Because it has blossoms before there are leaves, it is also known as “son before the father.”

Later in the year we will harvest some of the leaves for our smoking mixes, but right now is the time to make cough remedies from coltsfoot flowers. The botanical name – Tussilago farafara says it all. “Tussa” is to cough, as in pertussis; “far” is where we want the cough to go, far, far away.

Preparing Coltsfoot Flower Honey

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