Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Spring coughs into life


A chill wind, but not enough to stop colt'sfoot Tussilago farfara blooming at the first hint of sunshine. Its scientific name comes from tussus, a cough, a reference to the use of its mucilaginous sap in herbal cough cures. Its timely reappearance in spring must once have been a welcome relief for sufferers.

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  1. This species seems to thrive on shifting ground. Recent cliff falls down here on the Isle of Wight are ablaze with coltsfoot.

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