British Columbia Outdoor Wilderness Guide
Plantain is a perennial with leafless stalks, which
can grow up to 30 cm. in height. Common Plantain
grows from fibrous roots.
The leaves of the Common Plantain grow around
the base of the plant
broad and oval
parallel veins are very prominent
green and very small
found in a long spike at the top of the stalk
capsules that contain many seeds
Common Plantain is found in low to mid elevations
Common Plantain appears in disturbed areas or
those with many weeds
Common Plantain is very common in the southern
interior of BC
Often found growing on lawns or the borders
ripe seed heads can be used for bird food.
Common Plantain is often called 'soldier's herb'
because it has been used over the centuries
to treat wounds on the battle fields.
as the Roman legions did when they marched across
continents, hikers today can place the leaves
in their boots to reduce the effects of blisters
Common Plantain leaves can be chewed and the
juices mixed with saliva to be spread on abrasions,
burns or bee stings.
Plantain is a common ingredient in a poultice