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Common Plantain

Plantago major


A perennial with a stiff, smooth stem, 6 to 18 inches in height. Common Plantain has dark green,leaves that form a rosette near the ground. The flowers range from greenish-white to purplish-brown, and grow in cylindrical spikes at the ends of the flower stalks. The fruit is a capsule containing two to four seeds and develops within the flower spike.


Commonly found in waste places,sidewalks, lawns, meadows, and along fields and hedges throughout North America and Europe.


Favorite food of the tiger moth (aka wolly bear) Has been used for millennia by humans as a food and herbal remedy for all sorts of maladies. It’s best to eat the leaves when they’re young. Like most plants, the leaves tend to get bitter tasting as they mature. Plantain is very high in vitamin A and calcium. It also provides a bit of vitamin C.

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keithp2012 7 years ago


New York, USA

Lat: 40.70, Long: -73.35

Spotted on Sep 10, 2010
Submitted on Sep 10, 2010

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