Apr 29, 2020 - Explore Doris Torres-Gameiro's board "Edible plants in Texas ", followed by 667 people on Pinterest. It also forms a rosette of leaves with veins from the base to tip. Plantain salve made from infused oil is great for spot treatments and hemorrhoids. When they mature, pods split open and spill the seeds to the ground. Broadleaf, or Greater Plantain (plantago major) Narrowleaf, or Ribwort Plantain (plantago lanceolata) Both have interchangeable healing benefits and will work well in this salve recipe. I can’t wait! You can also subscribe without commenting. Food, Foraging, Preparedness, Recipes. The map says we are supposed to have it here in California but I have not been able to find any. This vigorously growing weed can quickly ruin your lawn's appearance, and can sometimes appear elsewhere in your garden, such as in flower beds. Plantain leaves are 1-6 inches in length, broadly lance shaped to egg shaped, and are hairless or sparsely short haired. A Dr. Robinson of the New Family Herbal of days past, says that the Assembly of South Carolina presented an Indian a “great reward” for his discovery that the Plantain was the ‘chief remedy' for the cure of the rattlesnake bite. Thought you might want to check out this site for your bees wax. Lamb’s Quarters (Chenopodium album) Site by Gladiac Technology. Look Alikes. It’s been the most popular suggested local treatment by readers of my post on bee stings. To create this list, I took into account each plant’s toxicity, growing range, and degree of similarity to its edible look-alikes… If you break a leaf in half, it has strings. This plant has no connection with the fruit that looks like a Banana that is also called a Plantain. The flower spikes of broadleaf plantain cover the entire stalk all the way to the base of the plant, whereas the flower spikes on buckhorn plantain are on the top of a 1-2 foot leafless stalk. For some reason I am not finding your recipe for making Plantain infused oil. Plantain leaves are 1-6 inches in length, broadly lance shaped to egg shaped, and are hairless or sparsely short haired. It's also called ribwort or narrow leaf plantain. It heals wounds even if it’s 10 years old, or nothing else helps, but only fresh one crumbled between the fingers or mortar. Broadleaf plantain (Plantago major) is one of thirty-four Plantago species around the globe – all of them edible and medicinal. You can grind up plantain seeds in their husks to use as thickening in recipes, or as part of a hot porridge mix. If you take just a few moments to look down and around, you will almost assuredly notice plantain growing in and adjacent to agricultural fields, along sidewalks in suburbia, in parking lots in urban areas. My computer got a bad virus this past week and we’re completely rebuilding this weekend. Chickweed isn’t poisonous because it does not have milky saps. Plantain was one of the nine sacred herbs of the ancient Saxons and was an early Christian symbol of the path followed by the multitudes of the devout. Plantain weed thrives in high traffic areas like foot paths or where vehicles drive over the lawn. It's an easy plant for new foragers to learn since there are no poisonous look-alikes. Simply place some fresh, smashed plantain or plantain salve on the sliver spot, cover with a bandage, and leave overnight. Broad-leaved plantain definition is - a European plantain (Plantago major) naturalized in North America that has slender flower spikes and broadly oval leaves with leafstalks which are green to the base —called also broadleaf plantain, common plantain. I made plantain salve for the first time a couple weeks ago after letting the infusion sit for 8 weeks… I love it! ), a common edible/medicinal weed of lawns and disturbed areas. It is a leafy green found in waste places, paths, lawns in full to part sun. Plantain is a perennial plant with a thick taproot. I’m so glad you found it. When SHTF, broadleaf plantain leaves can easily be used as a quick replacement for lettuce and other leafy greens. The young, tender leaves can be eaten raw, and the older, stringier leaves can be boiled in stews and eaten. November 19, 2012. It sports broad, oval-shaped leaves (unlike buckhorn plantain, which has long, narrow leaves) and, in the spring, tall flower spikes grow boldly skyward from the center of the plant. It sports broad, oval-shaped leaves (unlike buckhorn plantain, which has long, narrow leaves) and, in the spring, tall flower spikes grow boldly skyward from the center of the plant. How to Identify Broadleaf plantain . ... Buckhorn leaves are much more elongated (lanceolate) than the oval to eliptical leaves of broadleaf plantain. According to “Wildman” Steve Brill in his book, “Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in the Wild (and Not So Wild) Places,” plantain has no poisonous look-alikes. Broadleaf plantain is perennial, meaning it fully intends to encroach on your lawn year after year. It also has no problem with slightly soggy soil. Sketches Said to have been brought to what is now the US by the Puritans, some Native Americans called it … As people left Europe to explore and settle in what is now North America, they took many seeds with them (including plantain) so that they could continue using the food and medicine they were accustomed to. Plantain was so useful and important to Europeans that they brought it with them when they came to the New World. Longfellow made mention of this in the classic Hiawatha…Many cultures have reference to Plantain as an aphrodisiac. The 2 types we will be discussing are … The two most common types you’ll find in the U.S. are greater plantain (Plantago major) and ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata). The flowers shoot up from the center of the basal rosettes in spikes 3-12 inches tall. First of all, let me thank you for a wonderful job. Broadleaf plantain, normally a perennial, sometimes behaves as an annual. As the name suggests, this plantain has longer, narrower, lance shaped leaves. Control. Your email address will not be published. And although native to the Eurasia continents, Plantain was quickly naturalized around t… It derives one of its common names, White Man's Foot, from Native American folklore, as the plant seemed to follow the path of the white settlers everywhere they went. As people left Europe to explore and settle in what is now North America, they took many seeds with them (including plantain) so that they could continue using the food and medicine they were accustomed to. Rachelle. Management. Originating in Europe, broadleaf plantain (Plantago major) is often found along roadsides and lawns and fields that have been disturbed by human intrusion.The plant likes to face towards the sun but can grow in areas with some shade during the day. I read this article about plantain a couple months ago and I wasn’t sure I had it in my yard. The Most Common Texas Weeds. Plantain grows just about anywhere – from cracks in sidewalks, to roadsides and meadows, to garden beds and lawns. I should be back to posting as normal next week. Several species thrive throughout North America, without poisonous look-alikes.” Plantain grows in open, sunny fields, cracks in sidewalks, yards and gardens. Hundreds of years later, plantain grows prolifically just about everywhere. Broadleaf plantain is a common turf problem, often arising in poorly kept lawns where open patches of soil present prime areas for weed invasions. Makes how much? I tried bringing home a couple plants after visiting family in 24. Interestingly, the plant was known by the name of ‘White Man’s footprint’ by the Native Americans because the plant seemed to survive in disturbed and damaged soil around European settlements. Affordable and search from millions of royalty free images, photos and vectors. Apr 29, 2020 - Explore Doris Torres-Gameiro's board "Edible plants in Texas ", followed by 667 people on Pinterest. I wouldn't be without it. As the plant gets older, the leaves get tougher, and are better cooked. Mrs. Homegrown. Other names for broadleaf plantain include common plantain, plantain, dooryard plantain, Ripple Grass, Waybread, Slan-lus, Waybroad, Snakeweed, Cuckoo's Bread, soldier's herb, soldier's woundwort, indian wheat, Englishman's Foot and white man's foot. In this post, we'll share how to identify plantain herb, broadleaf plantain benefits and how to manage it in the yard and garden. Plantain (Plantago spp.) Filed Under: Herbalism, Wildcrafting Tagged With: common plantain, herbal healing, Herbalism, plantago major, plantain, weeds, Wildcrafting. Year-round weed control with both pre and post-emergent herbicides that are applied regularly by a lawn care service or dedicated homeowner will groom this weed off of your lawn in time. Nutrients include vitamin A, as well as vitamins C and K, zinc, potassium, and silica. Plantain has very few natural look-alikes, and the plants that do resemble Plantago are all non-toxic. There are two types of plantain commonly found in lawns - broadleaf, or common, plantain (Plantago major) and buckhorn, or narrow-leaved, plantain (Plantago lanceolata).Both perennial weeds with short, thick tap … I love your site. (We have some suggestions for plantain control near the end of the post.). I do know that Mountain Rose Herbs stocks plantain seeds for planting, and I’m sure I’ll have fresh seeds later this season. A pencil is a great comparison to what the stalk of this weed looks like, having greenish flowers … Plantago, or plantains (not to be confused with the banana), are a type of herb that are naturally occurring in many parts of the world. Broad-leaved plantain is a very common perennial weed found in many lawns and pastures, and often in waste places as well. Broadleaf plantain was used as food about 4,000 years ago in Europe and there is some indication that this plant was cultivated. Plantain has very few natural look-alikes, and the plants that do resemble Plantago are all non-toxic. When the seed capsules attain maturity, they open up to reveal as many as 30 small ridged, brown seeds. However, if you have the time to forage, there is lots of free food available that your guinea pigs can eat to be found in fields, meadows, hedgerows and woodlands and even your own garden. Broadleaf Plantain is probably the most commonly recognized species of Plantago by gardeners and edible wild plant enthusiasts with Plantago lanceolata (English Plantain, Narrowleaf Plantain, Long-leaf Plantain) close in second. Broadleaf Plantain is a weed that indicates compacted soil. The oil infusion is good, but for a quicker cream heat 3 or 4 cups packed plantain finely chopped in a crock pot with 1-2 cups coconut oil, enough to cover + an inch or so, on high for 10-15 min., till hot. Image Courtesy of Melissa Keyser. NOW I MIGHT HAVE TO PICK SOME FOR MYSELF! In lawns, where weed cover is primarily an aesthetic issue, up to 50% broadleaf weed cover may … Members of the plantain family have basal rosettes of leaves and leafless spikes of inconspicuous flowers. Low fertilizer application and compacted soils will foster a great environment for plantain weeds, so fertilizing your lawn and aerating your turf … Yet another reason why plantain is such a beginner-friendly plant! It’s a must have around here for bug bites in the summer time. Guinea pigs need fresh leafy vegetables daily and it can become expensive buying these veggies in the supermarket. However, few people know what a medicinal and nutritional powerhouse they have growing right in their backyard. I found fresh plantain in the ditch on the edge of our property! Edible. However, from time to time the internet has both books offered for sale. Broadleaf plantain grows wild throughout the United States, most of North America, Europe, and Asia. The flowers are quite small, and there are five to nine veins visible to the naked eye. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Sometimes I add a few stems of spearmint for scent or comfrey during heating, helps with sore muscles. I have found two primary ways to distinguish between these species. May 22, 2016 - Explore rita munro's board "plantain plant" on Pinterest. ... That’s why animals should be careful because there are different chickweed look-alikes that are poisonous. I have found two primary ways to distinguish between these species. Required fields are marked *. Broadleaf plantain is a perennial broadleaf plant that infrequently behaves as an annual or biennial. Once considered a cure all, this highly adaptable plant was cultivated where ever the early settlers landed their feet. Folklore tells us to place Plantain beneath the feet to ease tiredness, or carry it in the pocket to protect from snakebite. Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) I remember weeding out the purslane from my garden in southern California. Grandma Catherine was right – it is a medicine leaf. When you break the stems, you’ll find strings that look like celery. 678-341-9923, ©2020 WinLAWN® All Rights Reserved. Plantain Look-alikes. Yet another reason why plantain is such a beginner-friendly plant! Broadleaf plantain is a perennial, coming back year after year from the roots. Other plants to watch out for are members of the lily family which contain several toxic plants. It is common to see plantain growing around sidewalks and driveways. It's also got some nice natural healing properties, take a look at the video to learn more about organic lawn care. We are a leading local lawn care service providing professional weed control, fertilization, & other turf care services in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area. Look Alikes. I will probably use your salve recipe. Be aware that milkweed also has some toxic look-alikes (Dogbane) and you need to be 100% certain on your identification. Members of the plantain family have basal rosettes of leaves and leafless spikes of inconspicuous flowers. Broadleaf Plantain grows in a rosette shape, about 16” tall, but they usually low to the ground, especially if they are mowed or walked on. Management. ), a common edible/medicinal weed of lawns and disturbed areas. Their seed coat contains up to 30% mucilage, giving it a gelatinous quality when wet. Since making them with fresh plantain vs dried plantain is a little different, I have outlined some important points to know for both preparations. As for the other 198 varieties, honestly, I’m not sure. The entire broadleaf plantain plant is edible from root to seed. Buckhorn plantain (Plantago lanceolata) is another common plantain species. Year-round weed control with both pre and post-emergent herbicides that are applied regularly by a lawn care service or dedicated homeowner will groom this weed off of your lawn in time. Identification. Plantain Look-alikes. You know what it looks like, but you might not have known the name. The plant likes to face towards the sun but can grow in areas with some shade during the day. I use fresh plantain leaf directly on insect bites, or plantain infused oil or salve. See more ideas about healing plants, healing herbs, medicinal plants. 1 Comment. I haven’t, but they are supposed to be very high in insoluble fiber. Well, I do! They use a related species to make Metamucil. Plantago major, the broadleaf plantain, white man's foot, or greater plantain, is a species of flowering plant in the plantain family Plantaginaceae.The plant is native to most of Europe and northern and central Asia, but has widely naturalised elsewhere in the world.. Broadleaf plantain has a single short, thick taproot with large oval-shaped leaves that lie flat to the ground. As I understand it, most petroleum based products actually form a layer on the skin, not allowing it to properly breathe. Its leaves are smooth or inconspicuously hairy, and prominent veins run … Plantain, like dandelion, is a healthy, hardy weed as ubiquitous in the city as broken glass. Identify hen of the woods via pictures, habitat, height, spore print, gills and colour. Young plantain leaves can be eaten raw. The flower of this broadleaf weed consists of long, leafless stalks arising from the rosette. There are other plants that look similar to rhubarb, but are toxic lookalike plants that are inedible. Broadleaf plantain is nothing short of AMAZING for bug bites, stings and other skin irritations. However, pastures with more broad-leaved plantain than grass are usually low-producing pastures, and so is often a sign th… The itch of  mosquitoes bites and burn of wasp stings fades in minutes with an application of plantain herb. Have a weed-free and green lawn! Broadleaf Plantain. Broadleaf plantain can be a troublesome weed to deal with, and you sometimes see it make problematic weed top 10 lists. They make flavorful salad greens, pairing well with other milder greens or fruits like diced apple. Thanks, Rachelle, Rachelle – thanks for pointing out that my links were not going where they should be. Originally posted in 2011, updated in 2019. It's petite green flowers grow on compact spikes appearing on leafless stalks that grow from its base. The first is the look of the plant’s lower leaves. It is typically found in "run-down" pastures which do not have much grass and clover in them. 1hr. Plantain is also good for drawing out slivers. Access information article of Ribwort and Broadleaf plantain. It is a problem in lawns and sometimes in thin alfalfa and pastures as well as christmas trees. This plant is good for rabid dog bite, snake bite, almost every wound, Maria Treben’s book says. (These are used in popular fiber supplements.) It is a low growing plant with large leaves. Broadleaf plantain is probably the second most common broadleaf weed of turf after dandelion. Broadleaf plantain can be a troublesome weed to deal with, and you sometimes see it make problematic weed top 10 lists. is a common weedy plant found growing throughout the world, in urban and rural areas alike. They can also be boiled, broiled, roasted or ground into a meal and mixed with flour. Some can make your children and pets quite sick. I make up enough salve to share with family and friends because it works so well for skin irritations. (Source). Dig individual plants if you like. Today we look at Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago spp. « Chocolate Raspberry Granola Cookies – Honey Sweetened, GF Option, Grandma Called it Medicine Leaf – Plantain Weed Remedies ». Each leaf has prominent parallel veins, like celery. Scientific Name: Plantago major Family: Plantaginaceae. Just look for the nerves in their leaves. The article Grandma Called it Medicine Leaf has more information on the medicinal uses of plantain, including some simple recipes. These leaves have thick stems that meet at a base. Some may view this humble plant as “just a weed”, but once you learn about the wide range of benefits and uses of broadleaf plantain, you'll never want to be without it. Here are some of the most common, organized by their type. Edible parts: Leaves are edible. Then turn down to low for abt. Download Broadleaf plantain stock photos. Broadleaf plantain is perennial, meaning it fully intends to encroach on your lawn year after year. Germination begins every growing season when the soil temperature reaches 50 F. Flowering happens around 10-15 weeks after germination. Leaf and seeds. The leaves are 2-7” long, and somewhat egg-shaped at the end of a thinner, V-shaped stem. Furthermore, the edible seeds of the broadleaf plantain can be eaten raw. See more ideas about edible plants, plants, wild edibles. The leaves themselves are oval-shaped and can be as long as 30 cm at times. Watch for plantain’s prominent veins and definitely the flowers to mark it for positive identification. I checked it today against mountain rose herbs and this place is over $2.00 a pound cheaper for the pellets and they are all organic I believe http://www.bulkapothecary.com Broadleaf plantain is a compact perennial flowering herb that has low growing, egg-shaped, waxy green leaves with prominent veins. Chop them (remember the strings) and use them as you would spinach or other sturdy greens. Broadleaf plantain is a perennial broadleaf plant that infrequently behaves as an annual or biennial. Also known as: White man’s footprint Habitat: Europe, including Britain, from Iceland south and east to Spain, northern and central Asia.Grassland, roadsides etc, a common weed of lawns and cultivated ground, on neutral and basic soils. THIS AND DANDELION. That's why they are such a nuisance in a well-groomed lawn. Plantain roots are small compared to many wild plant roots, but they can be cooked and blended into soups and vegetable dishes. Your email address will not be published. Wisconsin but I don’t know if they are going to make it. Use the above description and image to help you to identify the invasive plant you are dealing with and confirm that its … Turn off & let cool down 1-2 hrs. Hostas, which are sometimes called plantain lilies, are similar in appearance and their leaves and shoots can also be eaten. The leaves have three to five prominent stringlike veins. Hen Of The Woods (Grifola frondosa) is a wild, edible fungi. works like a charm! Several species thrive throughout North America, without poisonous look-alikes.” Plantain grows in open, sunny fields, cracks in sidewalks, yards and gardens. I am going to pick some now and get started on infusing olive oil and then use it for medicinal reasons. Management. It is found throughout California to 7200 feet (2200 m), except for … Also softer to use as a great face cream but may need to be kept in the fridge in hot weather. My go-to resource for all things wild plant is Plants for a Future. Some can make your children and pets quite sick. They're very hardy so you can look for them in open areas like fields pastures alongside walks If you're forging in the city or even a suburban neighborhood Come with it's not your property You want to make sure that you know that the broadleaf plantain has Been sprayed with any type of chemicals or even with some type of natural herbicide whether you wanna eat it or use it as medicine. Over time, rather than helping the skin to normalize its own moisture levels, this creates a dependency on the petroleum product. Bitter dock — also called broad-leaved dock — has leaves which are fairly “flat” across the surface. The leaf veins converge at the base into a broad petiole (leaf stem) that may be up to 5 inches in length. Find wild plantain that isn’t treated with chemicals. Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) is an easy-to-grow perennial plant in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 though 8. Plantain seeds can last at least 60 years in the soil, so if you've had plantain show up in your garden once, chances are you'll see it again, even if you don't let new plants go to seed. The small brown seed pods each contain 4-20 seeds. I made it just in time for my annual fall poison ivy out break…. When they grow old, they can be cooked in stews. The native Indians called the P. major the “white man’s foot” because they notice where ever he went the plant soon showed up. The seeds of Plantago major are related to Plantago ovata, or psyllium seeds. The leaves can be hairy and they can also have seed heads which are distinctive and spring out from the center of the large leaves. Broadleaf plantain is a perennial plant that grows best in moist areas with full sun or partial shade and compacted soil. Fantastic post on a such a versatile plant. Some historical references, gathered from various locations: Legend has it that Plantain was a young girl who longed for her lover's return and spent so much time watching and waiting for him by the roadside that she eventually transformed into this common roadside plant. Broadleaf plantain is a common turf problem, often arising in poorly kept lawns where open patches of soil present prime areas for weed invasions. Broadleaf Plantain. I dry some plantain for tea, too, but most frequently I use it fresh or in salve. plantain? Broadleaf dock can be mistaken for a plantain. Control. The last plantain in our yard–the only one which survived the long, brutal summer without water. There are so many great ways to use plant medicine that I think a person could study their whole lives and still have much to learn. They're rather dull colored, changing from green to brown as the seeds mature. Poultice Using Fresh Plantain Leaves. Look for oval or egg-shaped leaves growing in a rosette. The area under our rain barrel spigots was taken over by broadleaf plantain this year. Caution: You can mistake young lily plants for broadleaf plantain. I am very interested in this recipe and in making the salve. How to Make Salve from Plantain Infused Oil, Marvelous Milkweed – Answers to 21 Common Questions About this Useful Plant, Stinging Nettle – One of Most Useful Wild Plants, https://commonsensehome.com/grandma-called-it-medicine-leaf/, 6 Ways to Get the Musty Smell Out of Clothes and Towels, clear obstructions in the gut and airways. Hostas, which are sometimes called plantain lilies, are similar in appearance and their leaves and shoots can also be eaten. ENJOY! It’s also known as birdseed, broadleaf plantain, healing blade, and hen plant. A unique feature of a Broadleaf Plantain weed is that it is stemless, except for flowering, leafless stalks. Leaves grow in a rosette, close to the ground. Thanks, Rachelle. This video covers the edible and medicinal purposes of broadleaf plantain (Plantago major), goes over identification and harvesting, and ends with making plantain … Other times, it’s a sneaky come-on for the two books. Broadleaf Plantain, commonly pronounced plan-tin, is a “common” weed that most folks recognize. Plantain is a potent herb for lung diseases, persistent cough, bites and stings, ... Broadleaf plantain, greater plantain. Yes, broadleaf weed killers knock out plantain, too, but those chemicals are poison, so I don't want them in my yard. They grow throughout most of the United States and North America. 3 to 7 nerves run parallel from the base of the rosette to the tip of the leaf. They will advertise by some message about a particular thing that is actually taken from the book. They are a very hardy plant and if you leave just a small bit of root in the ground, they will grow back. They also taste great when added to juices, salsas and pesto sauces. This weed is also edible and can be used as salad leaves when young. Since the seeds hang out patiently in the soil for decades, the best way to control plantain long term is to reduce soil compaction. Caterpillars of buckeye butterflies and several moths eat the leaves. Bitter dock — also called broad-leaved dock — has leaves which are fairly “flat” across the surface. Bermuda, Zoysia & Fescue Lawn Care Services. Common Plantain, (Scientifically known as Plantago major) is one of the most abundant and widely distributed medicinal crops in the world! It is high in vitamin A, and around 100 grams of the leaves have the same amount of vitamin A you would find in large carrot. There are some look alikes to be aware of. 1. It is easy to identify both common and narrowleaf plantain species. If you look in the front of book one, you probably can get the address to write and ask to buy Book 2. THIS IS MY RED FOOTED TORTOISES FAVORITE “WEED” TO EAT WHEN HE GETS TO ROAM THE YARD. ... Broadleaf plantain. (The roots are small so they are easy to pull.) If you’ve ever seen a plant with long and spiky flowers, it’s probably broadleaf plantain. The leaves are purported to relieve the pain of insect … When these stems are broken, they reveal string-like veins that resemble those in celery. Broadleaf Plantain: A Wonderfully Edible and Medicinal Weed Reader Contribution By Kristen Tool, Olsen Farm | 7/14/2020 10:46:00 AM. The green leafs are smooth with a minimum of 5 prominent veins coming from the bottom of the leaf to the tip. There are many variations of the Plantain, but the best one for eating is the Broadleaf. This is great while waiting for your infusion! There are many different plants belonging to the Plantago (Plantain) family. Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) is an easy-to-grow perennial plant in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 though 8. Am going to make the oil and then turn it into a sauve. What Plantain Herb Looks Like. I do use mineral oil on my cutting boards. This post is now available free (not subscription) (limited offer). What type of oil? Control. It doesn’t cause any harm, and is actually eaten by livestock and thus is quite useful. If you'd be interested in a video course about the weeds we cover, let me know that, too. Broadleaf plantain is edible for both animals and people, and has a wide range of medicinal uses. Many herbivores such as groundhogs, rabbits, deer, cattle, sheep and other mammals eat the leaves and flowering stalks. The flower spikes of broadleaf plantain cover the entire stalk all the way to the base of the plant, whereas the flower spikes on buckhorn plantain are on the top of a 1-2 foot leafless stalk. The leaves either lay close to or on the ground. A single plant can produce as many as 14,000 seeds in a single year and grows best in moist soil, though it can grow in wet and dry soils as well. Share this post. I usually use a good quality olive oil because it has a very good shelf life. strain, add EO if desired. Originating in Europe, broadleaf plantain (Plantago major) is often found along roadsides and lawns and fields that have been disturbed by human intrusion. Nothing spoils a great day of wildcrafting like picking the wrong plant and ending up dead. ... Buckhorn leaves are much more elongated (lanceolate) than the oval to eliptical leaves of broadleaf plantain. Leaves grow in a rosette, close to the ground. The two most common types you’ll find in the U.S. are greater plantain (Plantago major) and ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata). I have seeds from last season, but I haven’t tested their germination rates. Plantain seeds are rich in proteins, carbohydrates and omega 3 fatty acids. From nutritious leafy greens to soothing healer inside and out, this wild plant is a blessing is disguise.