Photographs of coltsfoot, horsehoof or British tobacco
Photograph of a British tobacco plant. The plant first develops its leaves, which are basal, and are born from its rhizome or underground stem.
The places where coltsfoot grows are usually sandy, near rivers or in humid places.
The young leaves of coltsfoot have a white integument.
The foliage of British tobbaco is reminiscent of the footprint of a horse, which is why it is called “nail horse’s foot or horse’s foot”, in various languages.
Photo of the flowering plant, in spring, when the leaves have not yet developed. It has a scape or floral stem without leaves, only provided with reddish scales.
Photo of a flower head, the coltsfoot flower. Actually, this inflorescence is typical of Composite plants. It is made up of numerous tiny flowers, arranged in a floral receptacle.
The flowers appear solitary and without leaves.
The flowers are collected just before they open, so that they do so during their drying.
The pretty and showy flower of coltsfoot is one of the first of spring.
More information on coltsfoot, horsehoof or British tobacco
19 January, 2022