Plantain (Plantago) seeds

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PLANTAGO Plantain - 25 Seeds

(Plantago lanceolata)

Other Names:  Common Plantain, Broadleaf Plantain, Great Plantain, Greater Plantain, Ripple Grass, Plantago Asiatica, Waybread, Waybroad, Snakeweed, Cuckoo’s Bread, Englishman’s Foot, White Man’s Footprint, Che Qian Zi (China), Breitwegerich (German) 

Plantain is edible and medicinal, the young leaves are edible raw in a salad or cooked as a potherb, they are very rich in vitamin B1 and riboflavin. The herb has a long history of use as an alternative medicine dating back to ancient times. Being used as a panacea (medicinal for everything) in some cultures, one American Indian name for the plant translates to "life medicine." And recent research indicates that this name may not be far from true! 

The chemical analysis of Plantgo Major reveals the remarkable glycoside Aucubin. Acubin has been reported in the Journal Of Toxicology as a powerful anti-toxin. 

Plantain leaves and the seed are medicinal and used as an antibacterial, antidote, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antitussive, cardiac, demulcent, diuretic, expectorant, haemostatic, laxative, ophthalmic, poultice, refrigerant, and vermifuge. Medical evidence exists to confirm uses as an alternative medicine for asthma, emphysema, bladder problems, bronchitis, fever, hypertension, rheumatism and blood sugar control. 

It also causes a natural aversion to tobacco and is currently being used in stop smoking preparations. 

Plantago plantain leaves and leaf juices are reputed to have blood cleansing properties strengthen weak lungs and relieve digestive complaints. Chop leaves and serve in a salad. First-year flowering perennial. Grows to a height of 40 - 60cm. 

Propagation notes will be supplied with a seed packet. 

All information provided on this listing is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment. 


Customer Reviews

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Tracy Parker
Excellent strike rate

Practically all seeds germinated in good time and are now thriving in small pots ready to plant out next week.

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