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NAME: Broadleaf Plantain

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Plantago Major / Plantaginaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  ribwort, white man's foot, or greater plantain

CONDITIONS:  sun/shade, moist 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: 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, plaintain is a coagulant and can dry out the skin.

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Antidote;  Astringent;  Demulcent;  Deobstruent;  Depurative;  Diuretic;  Expectorant;  Haemostatic; 

Laxative;  Ophthalmic;  Poultice;  Refrigerant;  Vermifuge.(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  Narrowleaf Plantain

 

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+major

2.      http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=plantain

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

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

5.      https://plighttofreedom.com/?s=plantain