Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
What’s that one herb named after a horse…it’s not lion’s mane, not pony plant…not horsetail? Why, you must be thinking of coltsfoot, of course! This toothed plant might fool you into thinking it’s a dandelion, but it’s most definitely not, though they do share their aster family heritage. Coltsfoot, though it doesn’t have much to do with horses and less to do with feet, could be taken to resemble the outline of a pony’s shoe. But we think its genus, Tussilago, literally, ‘to cast out coughs’, is even more telling.
As for the dirt on why, how, and when to use this herb, it’s up to you to hit the books / browsers and do a little sleuthing of your own. We’ll be here for you if you need a hand – or an herb – to hold.