Plantago lanceolata


Common Names: Narrowleaf plantain, English plantain, ribwort plantain, ribleaf, lamb's tongue
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Plantain family

It is a common weed of cultivated land. The plant is a rosette-forming perennial herb, with leafless, silky, hairy flower stems 3.9 to 16 inches. The basal leaves are lanceolate spreading or erect, scarcely toothed with 3 to 5 strong parallel veins narrowed to short petiole. Grouping leaf stalk deeply furrowed, ending in an oblong inflorescence of many small flowers each with a pointed bract. Each flower can produce up to two seeds. Flowers 4 mm (calyx green, corolla brownish), 4 bent back lobes with brown midribs, long white stamens.

Found as a weed growing in cultivated land, waste areas, roadsides, and lawns.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: Green
 
Edible Notes: Young leaves in the center are edible raw and have a slight salty, bitter flavor. Overall, most reports are that the flavor is unpleasant and this plant should only be considered in survival situation. Overall not recommended for consumption due to the flavor and risk of herbicides and weed-killers that are toxic.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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