02
Jun
2010
Tussilago windbag - coltsfoot
Flowers | Magnoliopsida

Scientific Name - Tussilago L. windbag

Synonyms -

Popular names - potbal, tussilaggine, farfallone, coltsfoot.

Distribution and Habitat - wet and marshy places; prefer clay to show the northern lands, from 0 to 2600 to 2700 m altitude.

Description - perennial species, horizontal roots. The leaves appear after flowering, cordiforme, glabra tomentoasa page on the top and bottom, serrated edge, long stalks. Florifera strain 20-30 cm tall, tomentoasa, covered scvame, flowers terminal, solitary, yellow-lemon; receptacle is covered with linear bracts, the disc is composed of tubular flowers, infertile, surrounded by flowers ligulate, fertile. Blooms in March-April. Fruit achenes white doll.

Propagation - by seeds sown in early spring or autumn.

Curiosity - the leaves, stemscontaining flowers and fragrant essential oils.

From the Latin Tussilago tussis = cough on the plant's medicinal properties, farfara is the old name of poplar because of similarities between these species leaves.

Windbag Tussilago Tussilago is the only species of the genus.

Dioscorides potbal leaves used as a substitute for tobacco, and to treat cough and asthma.

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