Tussilago farfara
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Tussilago farfara


  family asteraceae 
  genus tussilago 

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Genus  Tussilago Species  farfara Variety  Cultivar  Common names  coltsfoot   lersol Family  ASTERACEAE Specimen number  S8779 Data source  ColorNat p13;DyePl p67;DyePl p58;MedPl p277
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The leaves of Tussilago farfara have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. A range of possible colors can be produced by Coltsfoot including greenish-yellow, green, taupe, yellow-green and yellow. Tussilago farfara is known as lersol in Norwegian. Coltsfoot was used in Bosnia and Herzegovina for dyeing.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  anti-inflammatory   immunostimulant   antispasmodic   demulcent   expectorant Medicinal parts  Leaves   Flowers Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  yes Legally restricted  yes Toxicity precautions  The flowers are toxic Medicinal notes  Tussilago farfara has traditionally been used in many herbal remedies including: as an anti-inflammatory, as an immunostimulant, as an antispasmodic and as a demulcent. (More are listed in the medicinal properties section.) Coltsfoot is only to be administered with proper professional knowledge. This plant should not be used by anyone who is pregnant. This species is not permitted in some countries. The leaves and the flowers are used in herbal preparations. The flowers are toxic.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Leaves Dye color  greenish-yellow,green,taupe,yellow-green,yellow
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Tussilago farfara is considered to have originated from Norway and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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