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Ribwort Plantain

Plantago lanceolata

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Plantaginaceae (Plantain)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Short dense dark brown to black spikes, 2-4cm long, on furrowed stalks. Pale yellow anthers.
Fruit:
A fruit capsule, up to 4mm long. Contains between 1 and 3 yellow seeds.
Leaves:
The linear leaves are undivided or weakly toothed and tough and fibrous. They have prominent veins running parallel next to the midrib. Each leaf is up to 30cm long and 3.5cm wide. Hairless or slightly hairy.
Maximum Size:
50cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be eaten, raw or cooked. They are bitter-tasting and fibrous. Young leaves are less fibrous, therefore more palatable. The seeds can be eaten, cooked. The seeds can be ground down into a powder and added to flour.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Black Plantain, English Plantain, Lamb's Tongue, Lanceleaf Indianwheat, Lanceleaf Plantain, Narrowleaf Plantain, Ribgrass, Ribleaf, Ribwort, Tinker-tailor Grass, Windles.
Habitats:
Cliffs, farmland, grassland, lawns, meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, sand dunes, towns, walls, wasteland.