Western sweet coltsfoot is a charming riparian plant found growing along rivers and streams, and next to seeps and springs, at low to mid elevations throughout its extensive range. The early-season flowers emerge and bloom before the large, palmate leaves in early spring. Blooms March-April and grows 1′-2.’ tall. It is often the first riparian species to bloom in the spring, welcoming an abundance of hungry pollinators. An herbaceous perennial member of the Asteraceae family, western sweet coltsfoot has white to pale pink rayless flower clusters. The flowers are sweetly scented. The large, palmate leaves persist throughout the summer. The leaf stalks and early spring flowering stems are an edible wild vegetable. The dried leaves are used to treat coughs and congestion. Western coltsfoot is rhizomatous and will spread by rhizome under moist, favorable conditions. Perfect in a wet, soggy spot in your garden, or beside a pond, wetland or stream. Deer resistant.
Seed Germination Instructions
No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.