Fake Dandelion -- Coltsfoot
These flowers are springing up all over the place now in early spring. They look like dandelions, but they are in fact coltsfoot. At this stage it is just flowers on a stalk without leaves. This is what Wikipedia has to say about coltsfoot:
Tussilago farfara, commonly known as Coltsfoot, is a plant in the family Asteraceae.
It has been used medicinally as a cough suppressant. The name "tussilago" itself means "cough suppressant." The plant has been used historically to treat lung ailments such as asthma as well as various coughs by way of smoking. Crushed flowers supposedly cured skin conditions, and the plant has been consumed as a food product.
The discovery of toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the plant has resulted in liver health concerns.
These flowers sure are pretty when there is absolutely nothing else in bloom.