Sunday, 13 March 2011

Tussilago farfara L.

Name: Tussilago farfara L.
Famliy: Asteraceae
Croatian name: Podbijel
English name: Coltsfoot

Native to Europe and Asia, this 15 - 20 cm high perennial grows from a short horizontal rhizome. It flowers in early spring before the leaves come out. Flower stems are covered with reddish to green scales and bear one single inflorescence. 30 to 40 middle tubular flowers are surrounded by up to 300 tongue shaped flowers. Stems droop after flowering.

Leaves come later, after the seed is set. They are covered underneath with white hairs. They are round to heart shaped and covered with white hairs on the reverse side.
Seeds have white papus that makes them fly in the wind.


  1. Hello. I looked these flowers of spring with us, but we do not yet exist. Yours

  2. Hello Giga, Poland is up the north and there is probably much colder than here in Croatia... flowers will come eventually.