Plantago lanceolata L.

English Plantain

Plantago lanceolata plant

Family - Plantaginaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Plantago lanceolata basalsBasal leaves of mature plant.

Plantago lanceolata seedlingSeedling plant basals.

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Plantago lanceolata flowersStaminate flowers.

Plantago lanceolata flowersPistillate flowers.

Flowering - April - October.

Habitat - Pastures, lawns, waste ground, disturbed sites, fields, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to Europe.

Other info. - This species can be found throughout Missouri. The plant is very common and is probably one of the most familiar weeds in the state. Although this is an introduced weed, it is still quite attractive when flowering.
P. lanceolata was used traditionally in a leaf tea to help remedy ailments such as coughs and diarrhea. The leaves were applied to sores to help them heal quicker. Many species of Plantago have been proven to have this same healing property.

Photographs taken in Kansas City, KS., 6-10-00, in Vale, NC., 3-15-03., and in Eminence, MO., 6-15-03.