Herb latin name: Plantago depressa
Family: Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)
Medicinal use of Plantago depressa: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:Usually found under tree shade on waste ground, 1700 - 1900 metres in the Himalayas.
Edible parts of Plantago depressa:Young leaves - raw or cooked. A famine food, 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 depressa:Usually found under tree shade on waste ground, 1700 - 1900 metres in the Himalayas.
Known hazards of Plantago depressa:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.