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Ribwort Plantain

Plantago lanceolata

Also known as

Narrowleaf Plantain, English Plantain, Buckhorn, Buckhorn Plantain, Lanceleaf Indianwheat, Lanceleaf Plantain, Ribgrass, Ribwort, Black Plantain, Lance-Leaved Plantain, Ripplegrass

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

45cm

Max

20cm

45cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Ribwort Plantain Overview

Originally from Europe this weed followed early pioniers to the New World. Indians gave the plants the nick name "White people's footprints". It can be used as medicinal herb and have settled in all over the world. Easily known by the compact flowers followed by hundreds of seed on the end of a long stem.

Common problems with Ribwort Plantain

Larvae of butterflies use the plant as foodsource.

How to harvest Ribwort Plantain

Pick leaves when soft and young.

How to propagate Ribwort Plantain

Seed

Self seeds easily.

Division

Division in the spring.

Special features of Ribwort Plantain

Attracts useful insects

Large amount of pollen attrack different insects. The whole plant is a food source for different butterflies.

Drought resistant

Other uses of Ribwort Plantain

Wildflower/meadow. Attracts butterflies

Medicinal

The whole soft flower was used for earache. Leaves in poultice are used for insect bites. Tea or syrup is used for bronchitis and coughs. It is anti-toxic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.

Edible

Young leaves can be served in salads.

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