Petasites frigidus var. palmatus (Arctic Sweet Coltsfoot)

Full Sun
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Wet / Boggy
Soil Type:
Most Types
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Plant Overview

An interesting and rarely seen plant. Unusual pale-pink drumstick flower spikes appear in very early spring. Large, jagged umbrella shaped leaves provide interest for the summer. Leaves yellow-ish green, being more yellow with more sunlight.

Grow in full sun or dappled shade in most soil types, including wet. Spreads to form a good-sized clump.

Native to cool temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Northern Europe, Northern Asia and North America. 

Height and Spread: 60cm x 1m

Common name(s): Arctic Sweet Coltsfoot; Arctic butterbur






Photo: Walter Siegmund, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.