Tussilago petasites. N.O. Compositae.
Synonym ► Common Butterbur.
Habitat ► Low-lying meadows and damp waysides.
Features ► Stem thick, nearly one foot high. Leaves, appearing after the flowers, very large, cordate, downy underneath. Pink flowers on short stalks bloom in early spring in thick spikes. Rhizome quarter-inch thick, furrowed longitudinally, purplish- brown, pithy.
Part used ► Rhizome.
Action ► Stimulant, diuretic.
Now little used except locally. Was formerly valued in feverish colds and urinary complaints.