|My bike ready for action|
My bike folded
in the trunk of
Along the way I found some coltsfoot. The blooms look similar to dandelions, but coltsfoot is a lot more interesting.
First of all, note the lack of leaves. For a long time it was thought that the flowers that show up in early spring, and the
|Lots of coltsfoot flowers|
The name of the plant comes from those leaves, which look like a small horse's hoof if you have enough imagination
The plant can be used to make a tea (and candy from the tea that tastes really good) that is very effective for coughs. The scientific name for coltsfoot is Tussilago, which means a treatment for coughs. That is the reason why an English plant is so common here. People brought their medicinal plants with them.
Coltsfoot leaves, with a late
flower - pay attention!
In the days when most people couldn't read, a painting of a coltsfoot leaf over the door showed people where to buy their medicine.
Now it means that spring really is here!