Common name: Broadleaf plantain Another photo of broadleaf plantain
U.S. Distribution: Throughout
Height: Up to 8 in.
Foliage: Alternate in rosettes, all basal, elliptic to broadly ovate, strongly ribbed and waxy
Flowers: Small tubular flowers in short cylindrical spikes
Bloom time: June to September
Habitat: Pastures, meadows, lawns
Soil: Rich, moist soil
Other: Latin name of the plant from ‘planta’ meaning sole of the foot,
referring to the shape of the leaves. Plants are durable - can withstand
repeated trampling. Leaves can be eaten and are said to have a slight mushroom
taste with some bitterness. Crushed leaves can be applied as a poultice
to relieve the pain of insect stings or poison ivy itch.
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