Coltsfoot has bright yellow flowers on scaly stems, in early spring that look a bit like Dandelions. The thick leathery leaves emerge after the flowers have finished and are covered with a white-grey felt when young. This disappears from the topside as the leaves mature, but stays on the underside. It is a native perennial. Leaves were once smoked as a tobacco and paradoxically used as a cough medicine.
Coltsfoot is found growing in road verges and curb edges in poor gravelly soil and damp spots.
The seed germinates sporadically, so might benefit from a pre-chill
Seed from Cheshire