A perennial growing to 0.2 m. Flowers from Jun to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. Self-fertile and not frost tender.
Suitable for most soil types – prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate maritime exposure. Needs a sunny position.
Edible young leaves - raw or cooked. One of the nicer-tasting plantains – can be a good addition to a mixed salad. Edible seeds - raw or cooked.
Medicinally used as a laxative. Plantain seeds contain up to 30% mucilage which swells up in the gut, acting as a bulk laxative and soothing irritated membranes
Noted for attracting wildlife -an important food plant for the caterpillars of many species of butterflies.
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