April Daisies – Don’t be Fooled

Little cough chaser can be confused with its more famous cousin on the left

For a few weeks more, you’ll see the aptly named Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) growing like these ones in the park or on wasteground. The Coltsfoot stem on the right shows the almost furry covering, like a colt’s, softly hairy hoof (well I think so anyway). Coltsfoot’s medicinal use – to stop coughing – gives the Latin name, tussive relates to coughing.

On the left is another member of the Asteraceae / Daisy family, Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) – spring cleanser, mineraliser, diuretic and liver support – with so many uses it needs a post of its own.

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