The other day Amie and I admired a pretty yellow flower with a scaly stalk in what we fondly call “The Pitt”: the front part of our garden that is mainly bramble. A friend of mine identified at as being Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), also known as cough wort. This was very exciting. Here I am trying to cultivate finicky medicinals and down there, in The Pitt, grows this amazing cough suppressant, expectorant and asthma treatment, wild, unattended. Uninvited but very welcome.
Apparently the plant tastes salty and was used as a salt substitute. The bees share my excitement!