Plantain, Broad Leaf (Plantago major) Plant


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Plantago major (broadleaf plantain, or greater plantain) is a species of flowering plant in the plantain family Plantaginaceae. The plant is native to most of Europe and northern and central Asia.  It is one of the most abundant and widely distributed medicinal crops in the world.
Broadleaf plantain is also a highly nutritious wild edible, that is high in calcium and vitamins A, C, and K. The young, tender leaves can be eaten raw, and the older, stringier leaves can be boiled in stews and eaten.
Type: Perennial
Family: Plantaginaceae
Growing Zones: 3 – 9
Native Range: Europe
Mature Height: 12 – 15 inches
Mature Width: 18 – 24 inches
Spacing: 15 – 18 inches
Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Shade
Water: Moderate
Soil Type: Average
Growth Rate: Moderate
Leaf Description: Large, oval, bright green
Bloom Time: Spring – Fall
Bloom Description: Green, spikes
Harvest: Leaf
Harvest Time:
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Special Properties: Butterflies, Birds, Deer resistant


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