Coltsfoot Blossoms
Tussilago farfara
July 5, 2010

Among the very first flowers of the spring were the Coltsfoot. (Is the plural coltsfeet?)

(And, yes, I should have posted these earlier, in April, when the photos were taken.)

Common mullein blossoms

Apparently, the coltsfoot gets its name from its fleshy stalk, which to some people (those that name things) looked like a colt's foot.
Coltsfoot blossoms and stalks

Personally, I think the fleshy stalk looks a little odd, but the bright yellow flowers certainly enlivened the State College, Pennsylvania, game land.

According to the Audubon field guide, cough drops can be made from its leaves and tea can be steeped from dried leaves.

Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the SMC-DA 55-300mm lens, on 1 April 2010, for these photos.

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