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Common Name: Psyllium
Plantago affra is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
S. Europe - Mediterranean.
Dry places in S. Europe[
Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in a sunny position[
This species is closely related to P. arenaria[
Young leaves - raw or cooked[
Plantain seeds contain up to 30% mucilage which swells up in the gut, acting as a bulk laxative and soothing irritated membranes[
]. Sometimes the seed husks are used without the seeds[
Seed - 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.