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Plantago

Plantago lanceolata

Ribwort, Buckhorn Plantain(Eng), Smalblaarplantago, Oorpynhoutjie, Tongblaar (Afr.)

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Originally from Europe this weed followed early pioniers to the New World. Indians gave the plants the nick name "White people's footprints". It can be used as medicinal herb and have settled in all over the world. Easily known by the compact flowers followed by hundreds of seed on the end of a long stem.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Pick leaves when soft and young.

Propagation

Seed
Self seeds easily.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Large amount of pollen attrack different insects. The whole plant is a food source for different butterflies.

Geography

Origin
Europe

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
The whole soft flower was used for earache. Lea are a used as a poultice for insect bites. Tea or syrup is used for bronchitis and coughs. It is anti-toxic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.
Edible
Young leaves can be served in salads.

Personality

Family
Plantaginaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

Problems

Larvae of butterflies use the plant as foodsource.

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