In the Wild
*Also known as coughwort
Growing along stream banks, dirt roads, and wasteland areas, coltsfoot sends up yellow, dandelion-like flowers from February to June. Like dandelions, coltsfoot flowers turn into fluffy, white seed balls. The name coltsfoot comes from the rounded, hoof-like shape of its leaves. Because the leaves open after the flowers go to seed, it is sometimes difficult to identify this plant.
Both the Greeks and Romans used coltsfoot medicinally. The Romans treated coughs with it and named it tussilage, meaning “cough dispeller.” 18 In place of a trade or professional sign, an image of the coltsfoot flower was painted on doorposts of apothecary shops during the Middle Ages.
Coltsfoot is associated with Brigid and can be used to honor her at Imbolc. To honor Epona, pick four leaves and press them in a book. When the leaves are dry and flat, place them on your altar to represent hoof prints. Place three flowers or leaves in a sachet bag to wear as an amulet, which will help to increase psychic abilities and enhance your visionary experiences. Also, the amulet can be placed under your pillow to aid in dream work. Crumble dried flowers and leaves together and then sprinkle them where you need to dispel negative energy. Sprinkled outside your front door, coltsfoot will invite a peaceful and calm atmosphere into your home.
Coltsfoot is associated with the element water and the goddesses Brigid and Epona. Its astrological influence comes from Venus.