Butterbur Fuki No To

Hello Spring!   Yes, it’s time to search for Butterbur!

Lovely edible, but strong flavored “Fuki no To”.(careful on the pronunciation)

Petasites hybridus (also known as Petasites officinalis or Tussilago hybrida).

Butterbur, is an herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the daisy family Asteraceae.  It’s native to Europe and northern Asia.

The flowers are produced in the early spring, before the leaves appear..

The name is from the traditional use of its large leaves to wrap butter in warm weather.

It is also called bog rhubarb, Devil’s hat and pestilence wort.

Winter Tracks Can you guess???

Can you identify these lovely winter tracks?
I found these late Jan early Feb. A few days later had an extra 20 minutes
so zipped up the mountain and did a quick hike. No cell phone service
and didn’t bring the real camera. I found some serious
bear tracks

(meaning large sized bear!). Scary and fun.

Snow is melting fast now.
Even saw a moth the other evening. He surely froze that night.
Soon the only tracks will be after the rains. Spring is on it’s way!