Growing and Saving the Seed Of Plantain

Latin name Plantago major is an herbaceous perennial member of the Plantaginaceae family. This weedy, easy-to-grow leafy green can easily be cultivated in a range of garden designs, from landscapes to row crops and pots. Young leaves are edible and make a lovely salad or cooked green.



Native to Eurasia, this plant has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Historically used topically as a soothing treatment for stings and bites.


  • Culinary
  • Traditional medicinal
  • Dye plant
  • Ornamental



  • Place seeds in refrigerator for 1 week to hasten germination.
  • Direct sow outdoors in spring, about the time of last frost.
  • Surface sow, gently pressing seeds into soil.
  • Seeds germinate in 14-28 days.
  • Ideal germination temperature is 60-90 F.


  • A very easy-to-grow wild plant.
  • Prefers full to part sun.
  • Provide average to poor, well-drained soil.
  • Space plants 8 inches apart.


  • Plantain is a pest- and disease-free plant.


  • To save seed, clip browned seed stalks and allow to dry down on a baking sheet or in a paper bag.
  • Run hands down the stalk to dislodge seeds.
  • Store in a cool, dry, dark place.
  • Also can be vegetatively propagated by root cuttings.