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Tussilago farfara, Coltsfoot, Baccy plant, Ooor-man's baccy, Foal's-foot, Cough wort, Son-before-father

Scientific name:  Tussilago farfara L.
Common name:  Coltsfoot, Baccy plant, Ooor-man's baccy, Foal's-foot, Cough wort, Son-before-father
Family:  Asteraceae, Compositae
Flowering:  March April

Tussilago farfara, Coltsfoot, Baccy plant, Ooor-man's baccy, Foal's-foot, Cough wort, Son-before-father



Tussilago from the latin Tussis for "cough", and hints at the widespread smoking of the dried leaves in folk-medicine to cure coughs. It is still smoked in some areas today as herbal tobacco, and the names ‘baccy plant' and ‘poor-man's-baccy' survive in some parts of Britain.
Farfara, Pliny, is a Latin name for the plant.
The name ‘son-before-father' refers to the fact that the yellow flowers held on purplish woolly shoots are often present before the leaves.

Tussilago farfara, Coltsfoot, Baccy plant, Ooor-man's baccy, Foal's-foot, Cough wort, Son-before-father


 
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