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Common Name: Blackseed Plantain
Plantago rugelii is a Annual/Perennial up to 0.10 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Eastern N. America - Quebec to North Dakota, south to Florida.
Damp shores, roadsides and waste places[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native habitat it should succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in a sunny position[
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[
A poultice of the fresh leaves is used to treat burns and inflammations[
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.