- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 4 - 8
- Height: 18 - 24 inches
- Bloom Season: Mid spring to late fall
- Bloom Color: Brown
- Environment: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Type: Mesic to dry soil that is somewhat heavy and contains clay
- Temperature: Sow at 68F, if no germ. in 3 - 4 weeks, move to 24 - 39F for 2 - 4 weeks
- Average Germ Time: 21 - 28 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: 1/16 inch
- Sowing Rate: 4 - 5 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keeps seeds moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 9 - 12 inches
English Plantain (Plantago Lanceolata) - English Plantain is a perennial herb that has been used since ancient times as a medicinal herb. It grows easily from Plantain seeds and is also referred to as Ribwort Plantain. The leaves are lance-shaped and ribbed. The flowers are a dense brown spike that are rather inconspicuous. The English Plantain plant was a common forage for sheep and was often planted in pastures. It grows where little else will.
Throughout history, English Plantain herb was used as a medicinal herb. The leaf juice was used to cleanse and heal wounds, to treat high fevers, and to help lung congestion. In modern day it is used for inflammation of the throat and for skin inflammations. It is rich in vitamin B1 and riboflavin. As a culinary herb, the Ribwort Plantain plant is eaten raw in salads or cooked as a pot herb.
How To Grow English Plantains: Plant English Plantain seeds directly outside after danger of frost has passed. Grow the herb seeds in a sunny location or in partial shade. The foliage grows larger when given some shade. It is a very hardy plant that withstands mowing and foot traffic.