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Petasites frigidus (Arctic sweet coltsfoot)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Petasites frigidus

Petasites frigidus (L.) Fr.

Arctic sweet coltsfoot, Palmate Coltsfoot

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: PEFR5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

Palmate Coltsfoot is a member of the aster family (family Asteraceae) which includes herbs, sometimes shrubs or vines, rarely trees, with simple or compound, alternate or opposite leaves. Flowers small, but organized into larger heads resembling a single, radially symmetrical flower cupped by a ring of green bracts. In this large, worldwide family there are about 920 genera and 19,000 species. Cosmos, Sunflower, Zinnia, Dahlia, and many others are grown as ornamentals; Lettuce, Sunflowers, and Artichokes provide food. Safflower oil is obtained from this family. Ragweed pollen causes hay fever.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May


USA: AK , CA , CT , ID , MA , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NH , NY , OR , VT , WA , WI
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , NT , NU , ON , PE , QC , SK , YT

Growing Conditions

Soil Moisture: Moist

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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Petasites frigidus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Petasites frigidus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Petasites frigidus


Record Modified: 2010-04-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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