Giant Butterbur (Petasites japonicus)

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles



Also known as:  Bog rhubarb, Bladderdock, Sweet Coltsfoot, Fuki,  Bogshorns, Butter-dock, Butterly dock, Capdockin, Flapperdock, & Langwort.

Uses:  Edible, Medicinal, Poultice

Parts used:  Flowers, Leaves & Roots

Preparation:  The flowers are picked fresh when they first sprout from the soil and young leaves are picked to process before they become edible.




  • Symbolizes:   Justice
  • Language of Flowers:  Justice shall be done
  • Associated with:  Throat Chakra
  • Element:  Water
  • Governed by:  Venus
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Health & Wellness

Butterdock was named for it leaves that were used to wrap butter to keep it cool in warmer weather before refrigeration.  It was also popular for plantings around beehives as it is the earliest flowers plant of the spring.

It traditionally has been used as an anti-spasmodic, for stomach cramps, whooping-cough, asthma and for skin wounds and ulceration’s.

Currently studies are being done on the use of Butterbur in an extract for migraines, hay fever, asthma, chronic bronchitis, muscle pain and as an anti-inflammatory.

Growing Giant Butterbur

It requires a damp place and space.  When it takes hold it is an invasive spreader, however it is breathtaking throughout it’s growing cycle.  It is tall at its full height and the leaves can be 3 feet across if happy.

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.