Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) flowers

Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) flowers

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Caption: Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) flower spike. This plant is found mostly in damp wooded areas throughout the UK, and has been used in traditional herbal medicine as a tonic and stimulant. During the middle ages, the roots were used to remove skin blemishes. It's huge leaves can grow to 100 centimetres across, and historically, people used to wrap butter in them, which is where the plant gets its name from. The male and female flowers grow on separate plants. Photographed in Derbyshire, England, UK, in April.

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