This early flowering perennial has a long history of treating respiratory problems – although it is not recommended for amateur use, due to incidences of liver damage.
- Early flowering herb for bees
- External anti-inflammatory properties
- Interesting herb to grow
- Low growing
With many old folk names such as ‘horse foot’ because of the shape of the leaves, coltsfoot was a much valued herb in the past, when cold damp conditions and smoke meant more frequent occurrences of persistent coughs and bronchitis.
- Height: 10-30cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: Orange
- Flowering period: March - April
Coltsfoot is often found growing naturally on disturbed ground and is successful on most soil types, in full sun and partial shade. It spreads by thick rhizomatous roots which can travel underground and pop up elsewhere. The flowers emerge before the leaves and the seed when ripe floats away on small parachutes. It grows well in containers but you may find those tick roots growing out through the holes in the bottom and up the sides of the pot.
The spring flowers of coltsfoot appear before its leaves and the flower buds are the first to be harvested just before opening in the early spring. The flowers can be infused in honey to make a traditional soothing cough syrup.
The leaves are harvested in early summer and can be dried to make a herbal tea infusions.
Both the leaf and flower have a cooling and moistening quality that soothes the lungs and have been traditionally used to treat dry and irritating coughs.
(The internal use of coltsfoot has reduced in recent times due to its pyrrizodine alkaloid content).
Herbs are usually dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays via a 24hr courier service, within 2-4 days of placing your order. Please note that at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
1 - 24 herbs - £5.60
25+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.