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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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.  Also 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 feel fuller. 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:  bandaide

 

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)