Tussilago farfara | Coltsfoot | Sponc


Species Biology


Flowers from February to May

Solitary yellow flowers (which appear before the leaves) are made up of central disc florets and surrounded by ray florets.

Stems can be pinkish/brown with multiple scale-leaves.

Leaves appear after flowering and are heart shaped and angular, with the topside being generally smooth and the underside having white woolly/cottony hairs. 

The species is not easily confused with any others, although can superficial appear like a Dandelion (Taraxacum agg.) at a distance.

Commonly one of the first plant species to start flowering. 


A common species and found throughout a range of habitats, roadsides, gravel banks and disturbed areas. 


World distribution(GBIF)

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2023

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