Colt's-foot

Tussilago farfara

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About

A common and creeping perennial of bare, damp or disturbed ground, Colt's-foot can be found on waste ground, field edges and roadside verges. The sun-yellow flower heads appear as early as February, and well before the hoof-shaped leaves (hence the common name). Colt's-foot continues to brighten up rough ground until April.

How to identify

Large, yellow flower heads that look like daisies with their prominent, round middles distinguish Colt's-foot from dandelions and cat's ears. The flowers are borne on scaly stems and the leaves are rounded or heart-shaped.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • February
  • March
  • April

How can people help

Some of our most abundant species are often treated as 'weeds' when they appear in the garden. Yet they can be extremely beneficial to wildlife, providing food for nectar-loving insects and shelter for minibeasts. Try leaving wilder areas in your garden and see who comes to visit... To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Colt's-foot
Latin name
Tussilago farfara
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Height: up to 15cm
Conservation status
Common.