What Is Coltsfoot?
Coltsfoot (Celsus alba) is a plant with leaves, flowers and seeds. It grows in warm climates and it’s one of the most common plants found growing around us. Its name comes from its resemblance to the foot of a horse or ox. The leaves are usually greenish-yellow, but they may have some brown spots or stripes. They grow up to two feet long and half an inch wide.
The flowers are white or yellow, depending on the variety. They’re not very showy; instead they just bloom once every few years.
There’s no scent associated with them either, so if you want to smell something pleasant while you read this article, try making a big fart!
How Does Coltsfoot Grow?
There are several ways that coltsfoot can grow. Some varieties do well in cool temperatures, others thrive in hot weather. Most varieties will produce flowers year round, but some flower only during certain times of the year. In fact, some species don’t even need any sunlight at all to bloom!
In Canada, there are many different types of coltsfoot growing conditions. One type thrives under a little shade and another prefers full sun.
One type will grow anywhere, whether it’s on a mountain, a prairie, or a sidewalk. There are others that only grow in the forest. No matter where they grow though, you’ll always be able to tell when you see coltsfoot plants.
What Does Coltsfoot Smell Like?
Everyone knows what freshly cut grass smells like. Well coltsfoot smells almost exactly like that. It has an incredibly pleasant aroma. Some people say the flower smells like honey.
Most of the time, when you cut a plant and it smells good, it means it’s poisonous or bad for you. This isn’t true with coltsfoot!
It’s completely harmless, so you can go ahead and brew up a nice cup of tea!
What Does Coltsfoot Look Like?
Coltsfoot leaves resemble an ox or horse’s hoof.
Sources & references used in this article:
Control of coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara L.) by a combination of crop competition and herbicides. by B Rademacher, M Amann, W Koch – Control of coltsfoot (Tussilago …, 1962 – cabdirect.org
Experiments on the control of coltsfoot in the Jura. by B Rademacher – Experiments on the control of coltsfoot in the Jura., 1959 – cabdirect.org
Experiments on the control of coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara L.) in the region of KôlnBergheim. by F Leuchs – Experiments on the control of coltsfoot (Tussilago …, 1959 – cabdirect.org
Concerning a new method in the control of coltsfoot (T. farfara) and curly dock (R. crispus) in arable land. by B Rademacher, K Kotz – Zeitschrift fur Pflanzenkrankheiten …, 1960 – cabdirect.org
Taraxanthin from coltsfoot. by P Karrer, R Morf – Helvetica Chimica Acta, 1932 – cabdirect.org
Suppression of coltsfoot in standing cereals. by B Rademacher – Suppression of coltsfoot in standing cereals., 1961 – cabdirect.org
Investigations on the action of amitrole on coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara). by F Leuchs – Investigations on the action of amitrole on coltsfoot …, 1961 – cabdirect.org
Experiments on the sterilisation of coltsfoot flowers by herbicides. by G Haronska, F Leuchs – Nachrichtenblatt des Deutschen …, 1960 – cabdirect.org