yellow daisy-shaped flower-heads of the coltsfoot open very early
in the year, often in February. The flowering stems are generally
in tufts, and they are covered with long scales. They continue
to grow until the plant goes to seed, when each head bears a ball
of white down. The broad leaves, green above and white and cottony
beneath, develop later in the spring. Coltsfoot thrives on clay
soil which has recently been disturbed.