Plantago - Plantains - Edible Weeds and Bush Tucker Plant Foods
Plantago - Plantains - Edible Weeds and Bush Tucker Plant Foods

Plantago

Plantains

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Introduced From: Europe and Asia (there are some native species)
Family: Plantaginaceae
Habitat: Lawns, roadsides, wastland, pasture and cultivated land
Uses: Leaves edible raw, young leaves are the best. Seeds edible
Season: All year
References: Low (Weeds), Richardson and Shepherd

Plantago lanceolata, Ribwort Plantain (also Ribweed, Ribgrass, Lamb's Tongue, or Narrow-Leaf Plantain), is an annual or biennial herb with lance-shaped leaves, 7 to 20cm long. Flower spikes 1-12cm long are oblong to cylindrical. Introduced from Europe and Asia. It is an abundant lawn weed in Australia and New Zealand. It is regarded as having medicinal properties, and is meant to be good for treating wounds.

Plantago lancolata - Ribwort Plantain
Photo: Plantago lanceolata, Ribwort Plantain. Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains NSW

Plantago lancolata - Ribwort Plantain
Photo: Plantago lanceolata, Ribwort Plantain. Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains NSW

Plantago lancolata - Ribwort Plantain
Photo: Plantago lanceolata, Ribwort Plantain. Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW. Higher resolution (1054 x 1146)

Plantago lancolata - Ribwort Plantain
Photo: Plantago lanceolata, Ribwort Plantain. Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW. High resolution (1618 x 2445)

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