Petasites fragrans, large patch adjacent Highcliff Road in damp gully
This is a curious plant that strictly flowers in the depths of winter (or just before the depths of winter as in this instance).
next to Purisma Creek
per Lyons (2003) Plants of the Coast Redwood Region
30-40cm leaves, 1m high
The plants commonly referred to as Butterbur are found in the daisy family Asteraceae in the genus Petasites. They are mostly quite robust plants with thick, creeping underground rhizomes and large Rhubarb-like leaves during the growing season. Another common name for many species of this genus is Sweet Coltsfoot.