English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata). Legendary herb used for centuries; many benefits having been ascribed to this plant. The leaves sometimes cooked for greens. Plants form a low rosette of leaves,10-20” in diameter. In time a bare, tall flower stem emerges from the crown, reminiscent in a way of tiny cattails. Some small birds relish the seeds in season, and the plant hosts several species of moths. This common plant has naturalized widely but we offer an improved strain.
Plantain - Purple Perversion
A pretty twist on a potent medicinal plant. Extra frilly, deep plum-colored leaves and long flowering stalks. An excellent choice for those who wish to grow plantain but prefer a more refined variety without the “weedy” appearance of the naturalized green type. With edible, lightly bitter leaves this variety lends color to salads and makes a fine spinach substitute. The leaves can be used externally as a natural soothing remedy for bites, burns, rashes and poison ivy. The perfect herbal ornamental!
Plantain - Variegated
An attractive foliage plant with major medicinal benefits! This is a highly ornamental take on traditional plantain, a plant used in age-old herbal healing remedies. The striking ornamental foliage and white flowers make an eye-catching pop in mixed plantings. Medicinal uses are much like common plantain; use the leaves externally as a natural soothing remedy for bites, cuts and poison ivy. Leaves are edible and make for a lightly bitter spinach substitute.