|Coltsfoot- Reculver Kent|
Coltsfoot is usually found on wasteland, by roads or on disturbed ground. It has a bright yellow flower and is in the daisy family. It usually flowers in early February/ beginning of spring at about the same tie as the crocus. Notably the leaves come after the flower dies around May time. This plant has lots of uses, it has long association with respiratory benefits and may be used by herbalists to help asthma and bronchitis. It often crops up in herbal cigarettes and was being prescribed for chest complaints as far back as ancient Greece. It should be known that this plant contains alkaloids that can cause liver damage but in minute quantities. Many of the foods you buy from supermarkets also contain alkaloids but are provided with no warning. The flowers can be infused with water or in brewing.