PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Narrowleaf Plantain

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Plantago lanceolate / Plantaginaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Ribwort, English plantain, and lamb's tongue

CONDITIONS: sun / well-drained soil
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

mushroom

RAW/COOK

Spring-Fall

Buds/Flowers

mushroom

RAW/COOK

Spring-Summer

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

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 mushroom

RAW/COOK

Spring-Summer

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT/CAUTION: eat young leafs and green seed heads (raw or cooked). Dry leaves for year-around use or to cook more easily.  Old leafs do not break down easily, even after extensive boiling.

 

CAUTION: For those on blood thinners, it is a coagulant.

 

NUTRITION / MEDICINAL:  Antibacterial;  Antidote;  Astringent;  Demulcent;  Expectorant;  Haemostatic;  Laxative;  Ophthalmic; Poultice. (1) It is a blood coagulant, useful for abrasions outside and inside of the body, but not to use internally for those who need blood thinners.

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Bandaid, fiber, can be used in baths, but too much can be drying to the skin. Put leaf the size of a quarter in blender with water, then sieve out the greens.  Hair will be easier to control and feel fuller.

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

1.      https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Plantago+lanceolata

2.      http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=Plantago+lanceolate+

3.      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantago_lanceolata 

4.      http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/plantin.html  (good photos)