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Sea Plantain

Plantago maritima

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Plantaginaceae (Plantain)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Dense brownish-green spikes, 6-8cm, on unfurrowed stalks. Yellow anthers.
Fruit:
An ovoid capsule containing 2 to 4 seeds.
Leaves:
Smooth, linear and lance-shaped. Entire leaf margins or slightly toothed. The leaves can be anything up to 20cm long (8 inches).
Maximum Size:
30cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Both the leaves and seeds can be eaten, either raw or cooked. The leaves make a good addition to salads. The seeds can be ground down into 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:
Goose Tongue, Seaside Plantain.
Habitats:
Mountains, saltmarshes, seaside, waterside.