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Plantain Leaf
Plantaginaceae
Plantago major


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Plantaginaceae Family

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Plantaginaceae
Lamiales
Lamiales
Tounge Order (Mints)
Euasterids I
Euasterids I
Real Stars Group One
Asteridae
Asteridae
Class of Stars (Daisies)
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
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Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

This common garden weed is not to be confused with the tropical banana with the same name, although both are edible, they are very different.
They have 5-9 parallel veins running up their leaves.

Butterflies and Moths love to eat plantains.

The herb is astringent, anti-toxic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, as well as demulcent, expectorant, styptic and diuretic.

In folklore it is even claimed to be able to cure snakebite. Internally, it is used for coughs and bronchitis, as a tea, tincture, or syrup. The broad-leaved varieties are sometimes used as a leaf vegetable for salads, green sauce.

It is a potent coagulant. Another one of its common names was "Soldier's Herb" for its use on the battlefield as a field dressing. Due to these properties, people who take blood thinners or those prone to blood clots should never use plantain internally.

P. psyllium seed is useful for constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, dietary fiber supplementation, and diverticular disease.

Recent research is also showing it to be promising in lowering cholesterol and controlling diabetes. Plantain has been consumed as human food since prehistory.
It is believed to be one of the first plants to reach North America after European colonisation. Native Americans called the plant "White Man's Footprint" because it appeared wherever white men went.



Plantain Leaf - Plant
Plantain Leaf - Plant - July 08, 2009



Plantain Leaf - Plant
Plantain Leaf - Plant - July 08, 2009



Plantain Leaf - Plant
Plantain Leaf - Plant - July 08, 2009



Plantain Leaf - Plant
Plantain Leaf - Plant - May 05, 2009



Plantain Leaf - Plant
Plantain Leaf - Plant - May 05, 2009



Plantain Leaf - Plant
Plantain Leaf - Plant - May 05, 2009

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