Coltsfoot. The bush that never flowers?

Coltsfoot, Tussilago farfara (Points for a pretty name) When I first saw it in March, it was nothing but flowers.

Coltsfoot flowerI mean that it didn’t have any leaves.

Coltsfoot flowerColtsfoot is an unusual plant because the flowers appear long before the leaves.

Coltsfoot stem Coltsfoot stem Coltsfoot stemIt is a sun loving flower. No sun, no flowers.

Coltsfoot closed flowersSun comes out…

Coltsfoot flowerThat is Tussilago farfara the flower.

Coltsfoot FlowerNow it is time for the flower to set seed, wither and die.

Coltsfoot seed headGo on then, wither and die.

Coltsfoot seed head Coltsfoot seed head Coltsfoot seed head Coltsfoot seed headNow the leaves appear.

Coltsfoot LeafThese leaves will grow and age and then in turn they will wither and die without apparently ever producing a flower. Of course there was a flower, Coltsfoot just has a funny way of doing things.

Yesterday Fizz and I went out with the aim of photographing the Coltsfoot foliage. I was a bit disappointed, I was hoping the plants would be bigger but this is Coltsfoot today. (Yesterday)

Coltsfoot Leaf Coltsfoot Leaf Coltsfoot Leaf Coltsfoot LeafThat is another one of natures mysteries explained, only a few more to go …..

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