Pussy Willow

Do you know that… pussy willow is goat willow (lat. Sálix cáprea).

The name … probably derive from the first known illustration of the species… where the plant is shown being browsed by a goat. The species were historically also widely used as a browse for goats…

Its white and furry catkins appear before the leaves:
Верба // Pussy willow

Later, when pollen releases, catkins become yellow:
Цветущая верба // Yellow pussy willow

These are male catkins.

Female catkins do not look as attractive:
Female catkin of pussy willow, goat willow

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