This streamside plant flowers very early in the season, but the giant hand-shaped leaves are its finest feature. Sweet coltsfoot needs moist soil, so it is a good option in an area you already water, or perhaps next to a pond or other water feature. Give it some room to expand! Developed colonies serve as attractive groundcover. 


This plant takes advantage of disturbed soils, meaning it can be used as a streambank stabilizer. It also means that it can be somewhat aggressive. Consider planting with Canada goldenrod and thimbleberry so they can keep one another in check. Other good companions include sneezeweed, indian hemp, blue camas, monkeyflower, and Canada violet. 

sweet coltsfoot

  • Petasites frigidus var. frigidus