Plantago major Seeds, Vegetable , Herb
Plantago is a genus of about 200 species of small, inconspicuous plants commonly called plantains or fleaworts. They share this name with the very dissimilar plantain, a kind of banana.
- 100% open pollinated
- and Non-GMO
The young, tender leaves of the Common Plantain plant are edible, and can be used as a salad green of cooked and eaten like spinach. The taste is that of very bitter salad greens with a lingering aftertaste not unlike spinach. Plantain herb plants had historical medicinal use as a wound healer and snakebite remedy, and today the Plantain herbs have been found to have scientific merit. The Common Plantain plant is also enjoyed by butterfly larvae and if allowed to seed, birds eat the dried seeds.
How To Grow Common Plantains: In a prepared seedbed, sow the Plantain seeds directly outside in the early spring. Lightly cover the herb seeds with soil and keep moist.
- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 3 - 9
- Height: 12 inches
- Bloom Season: Early summer to early fall
- Bloom Color: Green
- Environment: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Type: Average soils, pH tolerant 6.6 - 9.0
- Temperature: Sow at 68F, if no germ. in 3 - 4 weeks, move to 24 - 39F for 2 - 4 weeks
- Average Germ Time: 21 - 28 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: 1/16 inch deep
- Sowing Rate: 3 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 15 - 18 inches