Thursday 04 March 2021, Footpath to the Ruff, St Margaret's Hope.
Colt's-foot - Tussilago farfara, My 1st flower of spring.
Each stem has a solitary flower between 15 and 30mm in diameter made up of numerous narrow rays surrounding central disc florets. The pinkish stems, which are covered in scales, appear before the large heart-shaped leaves. The square-section stems are reddish at first, paling to green as the flowers develop. Where the leaf-stalk attaches to the leaf there is a u-shaped bract that was thought to resemble the foot of a colt; this may be the origin of the English common name, Rather like Dandelions, the seeds of a Colt's-foot flower form a 'clock' (formally referred to as a pappus), each individual seed having its own hairy parachute. Clouds of these little parachutes are distributed upon the breeze.