Petasites is a genus of flowering plants within the Asteraceae family, native to parts of Asia including Korea, China and Japan. They are commonly known as ‘Butterburs’ or ‘Coltsfoots’. Elements of this plant have been used in medicine for over 2000 years to treat ailments such as fever, lung disease, spasms and pain.
Petasites are perennials plants with heart or kidney-shaped leaves with strong, thick stems. Flowers will usually form in the spring coloured purple, white or yellow. Petasites are best suited to low maintenance banks, slopes, flower beds or borders in a cottage or informal garden setting. You should expect to see Petasites grow up to a height of approximately 10cm (4”) and a spread of between 10-50cm (4-20”).
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