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This blog will contain pictures and information from my everyday encounters with nature in London and the surrounding areas. I will log details of the origin of each photograph thus recording what there is to be seen and where it was seen. I very much welcome anyone else who can upload photos and information about nature in London and the home counties. I work freelance in the film industry so have plenty of days off. I hope to update Monday to Friday and once on the weekend posting at around 19.30, I don't post on bank holidays

Monday, 28 March 2011

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)

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.   

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