Herb latin name: Plantago crassifolia

Family: Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)

Medicinal use of Plantago crassifolia:

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:


20 cm
(7 3/4 inch)

Habitat of the herb:

Salty or brackish waste places in Greece.

Edible parts of Plantago crassifolia:

Young leaves - raw or cooked. A famine food, it is only used when all else fails.

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 Plantago crassifolia:

Salty or brackish waste places in Greece.

Known hazards of Plantago crassifolia:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.