Plant Focus: Butterbur

Credit Rosie Hopkins

Butterbur: Petasites hybridus

Did you know?

  • Its common name derives from its large, heart-shaped leaves that were used to wrap butter in the past.
  • Its name is derived from the Greek petasos, meaning a ‘broad-brimmed felt hat’ which also refers to the enormous leaves.
  • Butterbur spreads by rhizomes and large colonies of male or female plants are common.
Credit Bell

Look out for Butterbur in wet places, beside streams, ditches.

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