Latin name: Plantago affra
Synonyms: Plantago afrum, Plantago psyllium
Family: Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)
Medicinal use of Psyllium: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.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Dry places in S. Europe.
Edible parts of Psyllium:Young leaves - raw or cooked.
Propagation of the herb: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.
Cultivation of Psyllium:Dry places in S. Europe.
Known hazards of Plantago affra:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.