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Tussilago farfara

Tussilago farfara

Common name coltsfoot
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-6)
Flowers yellow (spring)
Size 6-12"
Light sun-part shade

Eurasian wildflower whose dandelion-like flower appears before the distinctively heartshaped, toothed leaves. The first year, I just saw the leaves, the flowers appeared in early April of year two (yes, I actually allowed it to live through a season). It's considered an invasive weed in the northeastern US, and may spread by rhizomes as well as seeds. Indeed, I found that it had sent up flowers as far as three feet from the mother clump the second spring. I hope my eradication attempt was thorough, I don't really need another difficult weed in the garden...

This is a weed in our garden

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