Broadleaf Plantain

Scientific Name:

Plantago major

Type:

Herbaceous Plant

Habitat:

Meadows, fields, and human-made areas

Range:

Native to Eurasia, naturalized around the world

Status:

Least Concern (IUCN Red List)

This species is

NON-NATIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

Broadleaf plantains are perennial plants with wide, green leaves which grow similar to a rosette. When the thick stems of these plants are broken, their string-like parts resemble celery. Broadleaf plantain flowers grow on a thin stalk and point at the top, each stalk home to many tiny flowers. These plants only grow to about 4 inches in height.

Fast Facts:

  • Broadleaf plantains can often be found in fields of grass. You may have noticed them in freshly cut grass at some of the Truckee Meadows' parks!

  • These highly nutritious plants have proven helpful to individuals experiencing digestive tract disorders and chronic diarrhea.

  • The entirety of a broadleaf plantain plant can be eaten. Dried leaves have been used to make an herbal tea, while boiled leaves have been put in both salads and stews.

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Bridget Mulkerin (research & content)

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Last Updated:

April 23, 2021, 9:40:23 PM