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Plantago Media, Hoary Plantain


Perennial. Rosette of dark green leaves, with flower spikes appearing in May to August. Best suited to grassy locations.

Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in a sunny position.

Grows well in the spring meadow.

An important food plant for the caterpillars of many species of butterflies.

The flowers are sweetly scented.

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. The very young leaves have a fairly mild flavour but with a slight bitterness. 

Used in salads before they become tough. The inflorescence is sweet and is sucked by children.


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