Among the other more showy flowers, the Plantains often get overlooked. They don’t have flowers with colourful petals, but they are attractive in their own way. I have taken quite a few photos of Ribwort Plantains (Plantago lanceolata) over the years, and they do make a striking photo when they’re standing up alone with a nice un-busy background. So, here are some of the very much overlooked Plantains, showing you why you should notice them! 🙂
Plantains have been useful medicinal plants, so I’d imagine people might have paid them more attention in the past, knowing their uses.
Plantago lanceolata is used frequently in herbal teas and other herbal remedies. A tea from the leaves is used as a highly effective cough medicine. In the traditional Austrian medicine Plantago lanceolata leaves have been used internally (as syrup or tea) or externally (fresh leaves) for treatment of disorders of the respiratory tract, skin, insect bites, and infections.
My Hedgerow Handbook says that you can eat the seeds and young leaves, and that they can be used to help with IBS symptoms. Also the leaves “have been used for centuries in staunching bleeding and therefor helping wounds to heal”.