Plantago lanceolata is a flowering plant in the plantain family Plantaginaceae. From an agricultural perspective this plant is seen as a weed but it is so much more than that! Like the dandelion, it is edible and has medicinal value!
Historically, weeds have been defined from an agricultural perspective but if your goal is to have a beautiful looking yard and not a high yield crop, then you should start thinking about the English Plantain from a gardening perspective. If left to grow in bunches this plant can look really nice and it's benefits definitely outweigh it's downfalls. English Plantain is known to reduce inflammation, improve digestion, help with coughs and insect bites, and promote wound healing. Like many other weeds, this one has edible leaves, flowers that can be used for tea and seeds that have been used medicinally for generations.
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