Ribwort plantain is a perennial herb whose palatable leaves and seeds provide valuable nutritious food for grazing stock and wildlife.
An important food plant for the caterpillars of many species of butterflies.
Ribwort plantain is a safe and effective treatment for bleeding, it quickly staunches blood flow and encourages the repair of damaged tissue.
A good fibre is obtained from the leaves, it is said to be suitable for textiles.
Gold and brown dyes are obtained from the whole plant.
Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in a sunny position. Plants also succeed in very poor land.
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.
Young leaves - raw or cooked. They are rather bitter and very tedious to prepare, the fibrous strands are best removed prior to eating. The very young leaves are somewhat better and are less fibrous.
Seed - cooked. Used like sago. The seed can be ground into a powder and added to flours when making bread, cakes or whatever.