Although considered a coastal plant – and therefore tolerant of maritime conditions - Buckshorn plantain will grow happily pretty much anywhere there is sandy or gravelly soil.
Its name derives from its ‘toothed’ leaves resembling stag/buck’s horns although young leaves are often straight-sided – only becoming ‘toothed’ when more mature.
Young leaves are used in salads (or cooked) and have a slightly sweet, nutty, parsley-like flavour. The leaves are mildly downy. Through mild winters, leaves can be available all year.
Flowers May – July (also can be a nice addition to salads). Leaves are best before flowering.
Medicinally, the seeds are used as a laxative.