Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park

 
 

Butterbur
Petasites hybridus
of the Daisy family
a perennial
70 -150 cm high
blooms March-May
likes damp places
can be seen along the banks of the Clyde

   
This plant got its name from the use of its leaves for wrapping butter. The leaves can be up to 100cm across and one can imagine that in ancient times they may have been used to wrap other foods. The plants scientific name refers to a the comparison of the size and shape of the leaf to an ancient type of wide-brimmed hat, the petusos. In medieaval times the powdered roots of the plant were used to treat certain skin conditions.