Greater Plantain

Plantago major

Summary 4

Plantago major (broadleaf plantain, white man's foot, or greater plantain) is a species of flowering plant in the plantain family Plantaginaceae. The plant is native to most of Europe and northern and central Asia, but has widely naturalised elsewhere in the world.

Greater Plantain 5

The greater plantain, also known as common, broadleaf, buckhorn, and rippleseed plantain, are most native in Europe and Central Asia and has been introduced in United States. Its scientific name is plantago major. Its habitat is mostly in wet lands, such as meadows, fields, near banks, or can be found in backyards or in parking lots.

Features 5

The greater plantain is a weed type of plant that has a long spike flower. The flower itself is about two millimeters long. It's a green and white flower, and at the very tip can sometimes be purple. The flowers usually blooms in early summer to late fall. The leaves are about six inches long and four inches wide. It has a green ovate leaf that grows in a basal rosette. The whole plant can grow about six to eighteen inches long.

Usage 5

The greater plantain is used for medical and is also edible. Its leaves are the main ingredient for medicine. The leaves can reduce pain to such as: open cuts, insect bites, sun burns, or any other skin rashes. As for edible, your able to make herbal tea which helps with flu such as sore throats.

Ingredients 6

The ingredients to making the common plantain tea is you will need: one cup of the plantain's leaves, two cups of water, a bowl with a lid. You'll need to boil the water and while doing so, wash the leaves throughly. Once the water is boiled, put the leaves in the bowl and carefully pour the boiled water in. Afterwards, cover the bowl with the lid and wait until the bowl is cooled down, then refrigerate. It is recommended to use leaves near banks.

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  1. (c) M.M. R, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://www.flickr.com/photos/46774986@N02/6010531299
  2. (c) Bodo, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/23757889
  3. (c) Eric Keith, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/12020395
  4. Adapted by lesmiley from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantago_major
  5. (c) lesmiley, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  6. Adapted by albuquerqueherbalism from a work by (c) lesmiley, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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