The plantain weed, commonly known as broadleaf plantain, is actually a perennial herb that provides us with many medicinal and culinary uses, even though it's a widely despised lawn weed.
It's a smooth stemmed, stiff plant, that usually grows from 6 inches to 18
It has dark green, toothed, rosette leaves that grow close to the ground, with greenish-white or purplish-brown cylindrical spiked flowers.
The plantain weed, much like the dandelion, is a typical lawn weed. It gets noticed when the seed spikes rise above the lawn in late summer.
Not only does is spread from new shoots off the roots, being a perennial, it also produces a large seed population from the flower spikes.
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Despised by gardeners and farmers alike, this lawn weed may be quite under-rated if recognized as a valuable healing plant and nutritious food source.
This perennial weed is commonly found on our lawns here in North
America, as well as in fields, meadows, and waste lands. While it grows
best in rich soil, it will survive very well in poor soil, where it will produce
If left undisturbed, the entire plant can get as large as 12 inches across, with seed stalks as high as 1 1/2 to 2 feet tall. That's a pretty impressive weed!
Plantain, native to Europe, was very likely intentionally brought here as a food crop. Thought to have followed the white man's steps, as it grew readily in new settlements, it was called White Man's Foot by many North American Indians. Some say it actually resembles a foot.
Used on the battlefield as a field dressing because of it's healing properties, it was also commonly known as "Soldier's Herb".
Lawn weed plantain uses include both herbal remedies and good cooking. We've put together a collection of medicinal and culinary recipes for you to explore and enjoy.