Also known as
Narrowleaf Plantain, English Plantain, Buckhorn, Buckhorn Plantain, Lanceleaf Indianwheat, Lanceleaf Plantain, Ribgrass, Ribwort, Black Plantain, Lance-Leaved Plantain, Ripplegrass, Narrow-leaved plantain
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This plant has no fragrance
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Ribwort Plantain Overview
Originally from Europe this weed followed early pioniers to the New World. Indians gave the plants the nick name "White people's footprints". It can be used as medicinal herb and have settled in all over the world. Easily known by the compact flowers followed by hundreds of seed on the end of a long stem.
Common problems with Ribwort Plantain
Larvae of butterflies use the plant as foodsource.
How to harvest Ribwort Plantain
Pick leaves when soft and young.
How to propagate Ribwort Plantain
Self seeds easily.
Division in the spring.
Special features of Ribwort Plantain
Attracts useful insects
Large amount of pollen attrack different insects. The whole plant is a food source for different butterflies.
Other uses of Ribwort Plantain
Wildflower/meadow. Attracts butterflies
The whole soft flower was used for earache. Leaves in poultice are used for insect bites. Tea or syrup is used for bronchitis and coughs. It is anti-toxic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.
Young leaves can be served in salads.