Herb: Blackseed Plantain

Latin name: Plantago rugelii

Family: Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)

Medicinal use of Blackseed Plantain:

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. A poultice of the fresh leaves is used to treat burns and inflammations.

Description of the plant:


10 cm
(4 inches)

Habitat of the herb:

Damp shores, roadsides and waste places.

Edible parts of Blackseed Plantain:

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 Blackseed Plantain:

Damp shores, roadsides and waste places.

Known hazards of Plantago rugelii:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.