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Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)

Plantago lanceolata

Plantain, English






















Plant TypeForb
Leaf TypeSimple
Leaf PatternBasal
OriginEurope
Wild/CultivatedWild
Flower Colorwhite
HabitatOpen fields
EdibilityLeaves can be eaten raw or cooked. Seeds can be eaten raw or cooked as a cereal.
Medicinal UsesA poultice of the leaves can be effective on bites, stings, or other skin irritations. This poultice will reduce the itch and pain associated with bites and stings.
Other NotesThis plant, and its close relative, the Common Plantain were know to some native americans as 'White Man's Footprint' because it would appear near european settlements.