True BYH Addict
- Nov 18, 2019
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- Idaho panhandle 48th parallel
We will see colt's foot (nasty invasive) flowers before we see dandelions. In fact the flowers come up before the leaves.
Apparently it has a few qualities. I took care of a property that had a huge stand of Japanese Coltsfoot, which is not the same thing but may be related. It's also known as Fuki (Petasites japonica) and is edible also, the stems I believe. I just found it to be annoying and not terribly ornamental.
Here's yours I think.
"Coltsfoot flowers can be eaten. They can be tossed into salads to add a wonderful aromatic flavour; or fill a jar with the flowers and add honey to make a remedy to help calm a cough or to sweeten a bitter herbal tea. Dried flowers can be dried and chopped up so that they can be added to pancakes, fritters, etc. Young leaves can be added to soups or stews and small quantities of fresh young leaves can be used in salads. The leaves have a bitter taste unless they are washed after being boiled. An aromatic tea is made from the fresh or dried leaves and flowers. The dried and burnt leaves are used as a salt substitute. "