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Plantago Coronopus, Buck's Horn Plantain, Minutina, Erba stella


Clumps of slender green leaves (like a jagged grass) with a crunchy texture. Known as Erba stella in Italy. Winter hardy, 25cm tall.

Cultivated for its edible leaves.

An important food plant for many caterpillars.

Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in a sunny position.

Sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer. A sowing can be made outdoors in situ in mid to late spring if you have enough seeds.

Edible uses

Young leaves - raw or cooked. High yielding. One of the nicer tasting members of this genus, the leaves are fairly tender and have a slight bitterness. Some people blanch the leaves in boiling water for a few seconds before using them in salads in order to make them more tender. 

This leaf is one of the ingredients of 'misticanze', a salad mixture of wild and cultivated leaves that originated in the Marche region of Italy.

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