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Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)

Plantago major

Plantain, Common








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Plant TypeForb
OriginEurope
Wild/CultivatedWild
Flower Colorwhite
HabitatOpen fields
DescriptionSomewhat broad oval leaves with distinctly parallell veins arranged in a basal rosette. Flower are small and are arranged along an erect stalk typically 2 to 8 inches tall. Later in the year, tiny green seeds replace the flowers.
EdibilityLeaves can be eaten raw or cooked. Seeds can be eaten raw or cooked as a cereal.
Medicinal UsesA poultice of the leaves can be effective on bites, stings, or other skin irritations. This poultice will reduce the itch and pain associated with bites and stings.
Other NotesThis plant, and its close relative, the Seaside Plantain were know to some native americans as 'White Man's Footprint' because it would appear near european settlements.