Random Plant: Arctic sweet coltsfoot

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Arctic sweet coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus var. palmatus, Asteraceae) photographed 04/17/2015 at Olympic National Park, WA.

Arctic sweet coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus var. palmatus, Asteraceae) is a cold-hardy herbaceous perennial that is native to northern Asia, Europe, and North America. It prefers moist soil and shade and can often be found near streams and wet forests throughout its range.

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Arctic sweet coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus var. palmatus, Asteraceae) photographed 04/17/2015 at Olympic National Park, WA.

In early spring individuals first appear by growing a stalk of clustered flowers that can range from white to pink in color. Broad palmate leaves soon follow, reaching considerable size (nearly 8 inches/20 cm across) through spring and summer.

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Arctic sweet coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus var. palmatus, Asteraceae) photographed 04/17/2015 at Olympic National Park, WA.

This plants goes by a number of other common names, including western coltsfoot, palmate coltsfoot, arctic butterbur, and palmate butterbur.

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About Jeremy Sell

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One Response to Random Plant: Arctic sweet coltsfoot

  1. This looks like a pretty flower ! Too bad we can only find them in North America 🙂

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