Buckshorn Plantain (Plantago coronopus)

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.


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