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coltsfoot,Eurasian perennial herb (Tussilago farfara) of the family Asteraceae (asteraster
[Gr.,=star], common name for the Asteraceae (Compositae), the aster family, in North America, name for plants of the genus Aster, sometimes called wild asters, and for a related plant more correctly called China aster (Callistephus chinensis
..... Click the link for more information. family), now a widespread weed in most northern lands. The scaly flower stalk bears a yellow flower head and downy, somewhat dandelionlike fruits. The leaves—appearing after the flowers—are large and vaguely heart shaped. Coltsfoot was long a popular cough remedy. Other plants are sometimes called coltsfoot, e.g., the related winter heliotrope, or sweet coltsfoot (Petastites fragrans), an ornamental. Coltsfoot is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
..... Click the link for more information. , class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.
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Yellow dandelion-type flower with thinner petals around a more pronounced center bulb. Stalk is reddish and scaly. Rounded leaves that become distinctly big and recognizably shaped. Great for lung infections and breathing problems, head and chest congestion, cough suppressant . Soothing to the stomach and intestines. Dry the leaves and flowers and make a medicinal tea from it but do not eat. Great for chest infections and respiratory issues- Don't eat raw but can be used as tea- the heat dissipates the toxins. Make soothing cough medicine by combining with horehound, ginger and licorice root. Don’t take if you have a weak liver or pregnant.
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a European plant, Tussilago farfara, with yellow daisy-like flowers and heart-shaped leaves: a common weed: family Asteraceae (composites)
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