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Tussilago farfara

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in lowland western Washington; British Columbia to Washington; also from the Great Lakes region east to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Roadsides, fields, lawns, wastelots, and disturbed forest understory ta low elevations.

Flowers: March-May

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies, beetles, wasps


Rhizomatous perennial, 0.5-5 dm. tall, with large basal leaves and scaly-bracted stem, the scales purplish.


Leaves basal, long-petioled, developing well after the flowering stems, the blade cordate to sub-obicular, with deep, narrow sinus, toothed and shallowly lobed, 5-20 cm. long and wide, green and glabrous above, permanently white-woolly below.


Heads solitary, large; involucre 8-15 mm, its bracts herbaceous, in a single series and equal; rays pistillate and fertile, pale yellow, numerous, short and narrow; disk flowers yellow, perfect but sterile; pappus of capillary bristles.

Accepted Name:
Tussilago farfara L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 865. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Tussilago farfara in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Tussilago farfara checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Tussilago farfara information.

E-Flora BC: Tussilago farfara atlas page.

CalPhotos: Tussilago farfara photos.

USDA Plants: Tussilago farfara information.

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