Plantago lanceolata

English Plantain

Names and Myths

Plantago Latin planta footprint – related to large leaves lying flat on the ground.

 lanceolata- thin lanceolate leaves.

Natural history / Folklore

troduced from Europe, where it fossil pollen has been used to track the spread of Neolithic people. Plantain comes in after the clearing of the forest, and lays down a layer of pollen as the garden returns to forest.39


May to October Narrow basal leaves 1-4 cm in width and 8-30 cm long are a chief characteristic. 

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