Mother and stepmother Spring came and went during the harvest herbs. The very first on thawed and hills appear coltsfoot. It can be harvested as early as April. About it today and we'll talk. "PORTRAIT" plants generic name of Latin tussis – Cough, agree – cast out, cast out, farfarus – the Latin name of the mother-and-stepmother from far – flour, fero – bear. Perennial herb 10-25 cm tall, with small yellow reed flowers, gathered in a basket. Leaves large, orbicular-cordate, sinuate-toothed, lower belovoylochnye, above the green. The underside of the leaves soft and warm, and the top – hard and cold, and why there was the Russian name of the plant – coltsfoot.
Leaves appear just after flowering. Blossoms in March – early May. It grows on moist sandy or clay soil along the banks of rivers, ponds, ditches, the ravines, fields almost everywhere in the European part of Russia, the Caucasus, in Siberia, the Far East and Central Asia. With the purpose of treatment the leaves, at least – flower baskets. Harvest flower baskets in March – April, leaves – in the first half of summer, them or cutting off up to half of the petiole. Should not be collect the young leaves, pubescent above. Medicinal properties Medicinal properties of plants were known in ancient Greece and ancient Rome. Dioscorides and Pliny the Elder recommended a decoction of leaves with pulmonary diseases and cough. Hippocrates also used coltsfoot as an expectorant and as a powder with an abscess.