A wide variety of arid-to moist habitats, doing best in open, distrubed areas
Native to Eurasia; widespread around the world
No listed status
This species is
to the Truckee Meadows.
English plantains are edible herbs. They have flowers with both female and male organs at the tip of its stem, where both flowers and seeds cluster together and hold a shape similar to the tip of a pencil. The leaves are narrow and grow in a rosette, each leaf is about one inch wide and no longer than six inches in length.
English plantains are common, edible plants. However, in order to protect themselves from herbivores, they often produce and release chemicals from their leaves.
English plantains are native to Eurasia and were often used by the English as sheep fodder.
Fresh leaf juice from English plantains has been used as a fever reducer, meanwhile, when steeped into tea, the leaves are used to combat congestion.
English plantains have also been used to reduce inflammation both internally, and externally on skin irritations.
NC State Extension, Plantago lanceolata, 2021, https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/plantago-lanceolata/
Georgetown University Medical Center, English Plantain, 2021, https://sites.google.com/a/georgetown.edu/urban-herbs/english-plantain
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