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  • Tussilago farfara
  • Origin: Albania


Common Name

Standardized: coltsfoot

Botanical Name

Tussilago farfara L.
Plant Family: Asteraceae


Coltsfoot grows wild over much of Europe. The name is derived from the horseshoe shaped leaves. It was so popular in Europe at one time that French pharmacists painted its flowers on their doorposts. It was brought to the American colonies from Europe. Before the plant flowers, it resembles butterbur enough that old herbals caution against confusing the two.

Parts Used

Leaves, and sometimes the buds and flowers



Mucilage, including numerous sugars; inulin; flavonoids, rutin, isoquercetin, tannin; pyrrolizidine alkaloids

Herbal Miscellany

The USDA classifies coltsfoot as an herb of "unknown safety". It contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which have been found to cause liver toxicity and cancer.


Specific: For external use only. Do not apply to broken or abraded skin. Do not use when nursing or pregnant.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.