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Plantago amplexicaulis is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.10 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
S. Europe to W. Asia.
Dry places in S. Spain, S. Italy and the Aegean[
Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in a sunny position[
This species is sold in local markets in India as a medicinal plant[
Young leaves - raw or cooked.
The dried seeds are demulcent, febrifuge, ophthalmic and pectoral. They are used in the treatment of intestinal complaints and as a demulcent in cases of dysentery[
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[
The leaves are astringent[
]. They are said to be useful in the treatment of intermittent fevers and pulmonary affections[
]. An infusion is applied to the eyes in the treatment of ophthalmia[
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.