Plantaginaceae: persistent, downy perennial of lawns and trampled grassland, mainly on calcareous soils. The attractive flowers are whitish and the anthers lilac, on slender spikes up to 20cm long, from May-August. The greyish, narrowly ovate. Widespread and fairly common in England, but scarce or even absent from the rest of the country. Native to most Europe, including Britain, to temperate Asia.
The young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, the very young leaves have a fairly mild flavour but with a slight bitterness, and can be used in salads before they become tough. The inflorescence is sweet with nectar and is sucked if desired.
The leaves, flowering stems and roots are somewhat astringent, deobstruent, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, haemostatic, refrigerant and vulnerary. They are applied externally to skin inflammations, malignant ulcers, and cuts. A mouthwash made from the leaves helps to relieve toothache and a distilled water is a good eyewash. The seeds act as a demulcent and laxative.
Best sown from seed in late summer or autumn.
APPROX. 300+ SEEDS
Every order will receive a free packet of seeds as a thank you!
I have had to remove all listings of poisonous plants, which include the nightshade family, and monkshoods. All these plants and more are still available from my store:
ORDERS MAY BE DELAYED TWO OR THREE DAYS DUE TO WORK COMMITMENTS, SO PLEASE BE PATIENT!
ORDERS MADE BETWEEN MARCH - MAY COULD BE DELAYED UP TO A WEEK. THIS IS A VERY BUSY TIME FOR ANYONE ONE IN THIS BUSINESS.
IF YOU ARE THE IMPATIENT TYPE PLEASE LOOK ELSEWHERE!
I LIVE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM NOT THE USA, SO ORDERS WILL TAKE 2-4 WEEKS.
Due to customs issues I do not ship to Brazil!
SHIPPING TO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND ARE AT YOUR OWN RISK, I AM STOPPING THE REFUNDING OF LOST ITEMS TO THESE COUNTRIES!!!
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