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botanical name:
Petasites hybridus
Petasites hybridus © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Common Butterbur, Pestilence wort
synonyms:  Petasites officinalis, Petasites ovatus, Petasites vulgaris, Tussilago petasites, Tussilago hybrida
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 1.00m
width: 3.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit:
leaf colour: green
flower colour: pink
main season: Spring
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade, shade
conditions: moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -35°C
USDA zone: 4 to 9
description:
Large, quite common wildflower producing clusters of pale small pale pink flowers on sturdy stems in eary spring before the leaves develop. The large and rounded leaves have long stout stems and may be up to 70cm across. Dioecious, needing male and female plants to produce seed.

cultivation:
Prefers moist, fertile, humus rich soil but is very tolerant and will grow in any position, sun or shade.
Fast and aggressive growing, may become very invasive.

propagation:
By seed or division. Will grow from small sections of root.

usage:
Long history of medicinal use. The root or leaves are used to treat various ailments such as respiratory and digestive problems, it also appears to be effective for severe migranes.

other notes:
Widespread native distribution throughout Europe, including Britain, and Asia. Usually found in damp places, stream-sides and ditches.

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