Butterbur - Petasites hybridus


Short to tall, hairy, patch forming plant that grows each year from a creeping rhizome. The leaves are large, roughly heart-shaped and emerging from the rhizome, they are grey-hairy beneath, appearing after the flowers. The male and female flowers are on separate plants (dioecious). Flowerheads are pale reddish violet unscented and borne in cone shaped panicles.

Photo ID?

Damp habitats, river and stream banks, wet meadows and damp woodland.

When to see it

March to May.

UK Status

Fairly frequent in suitable habitats throughout Britain, except in the far north of Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 72 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map