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How to identify coltsfoot plant, Tussilago farfara. This video is for anyone interested in learning to identify coltsfoot plant, Tussilago farfara, showing important physical identification characteristics of coltsfoot. In Latin, Tussilago refers to coltsfoot being used to relieve chest congestion and cough spasms. Coltsfoot has both expectorant and antihistamine properties, and contains mucilage which helps soothe the throat. Coltsfoot, or coughwort as some refer to it, is a medicinal plant used to relieve chest congestion, sore throat and cough. An infusion, or tea, is made from combining one teaspoon of dried coltsfoot leaves to one cup of water. A poultice, or mash, of coltsfoot root was used to relieve pain and inflammation of injuries as well. Coltsfoot is an edible plant too.Some reports state the ash from burned coltsfoot leaves was used as a salt substitute.Some reports state coltsfoot ash does not work as a salt substitute, but perhaps the western native species of coltsfoot, Petasites sagittata or P. speciosa was used instead to make salt. The species of coltsfoot shown here, a non-native import from Europe, grows mainly in eastern North America. The Facebook photos show what eastern coltsfoot looks like in mid summer. In early spring coltsfoot starts as a scaly reddish stem with composite yellow ray flowers and central disk flowers, leaves are absent at this time. Coltsfoot leaves form after the flower and because of this the Native American name for coltsfoot was son before father. Coltsfoot is in the Aster family which includes sunflowers and dandelions, which coltsfoot flowers somewhat resemble.By the way, Tussilago farfara contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids which may cause liver damage, similar to comfrey. Use coltsfoot at your own risk.More plant identification videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNt0JCWyK7Q&list=PLAB9DFB2A4ED09C68Wilder... medicine and herbal remedies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3oZ3feW0LQ&list=PL81021CE944A71DDFTo see coltsfoot images, other plant, mushroom, garden and outdoor photos, field guides and plant identification books I use, and other interesting stuff visit me on Facebook www.facebook.com/michigan.wildernessThanks for watching, commenting, subscribing to, and supporting this channel. If you like this video please give a thumbs up and share it with others. If you have any questions or tips please leave a comment.