Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) is a perennial herbaceous plant. It is often found in open, disturbed areas in colonies of dozens of plants. The flowers open on leafless stems in early spring before the leaves appear. The leaves, which resemble a colt's foot in outline appear after the flowers have set seed and die off in early summer.
The plant is typically 10–30 cm in height. It tolerates wet, poorly drained areas and riverbanks. It also just as happy in dry conditions.