Long Leaf Plantain
(Plantago lanceolata)

Common Plantain
A Pictorial Portrait

Illustrations and photos by "Wildman," clipart from Clipart.com

Shred the leaves of this very common, widespread, invaluable, lawn and garden "weed", and you can cure new mosquito bites by repeatedly applying the juice for 15 minutes. It also helps heal poison ivy rash and relieve virtually any skin irritation.

Long Leaf Plantain, Painting

Young Long Leaf Plantain Basal Rosette

Long, narrow (the related common plantain has oval leaves), ribbed, smooth-edged leaves spreading in a circle from 1 point characterize this plant.

Long Leaf Plantain Basal Rosette
Young Long Leaf Plantain Basal Rosette

Not the yummiest of foods, you can eat these small leaves, which taste like wheat grass juice, raw or cooked, in early spring, before they become tough.

Long Leaf Plantain in Flower, Painting
Long Leaf Plantain in Flower

Single, cylindrical flowers growing atop long, slender stalks tower over the basal rosette in the summer and fall.

Long Leaf Plantain in Flower
Long Leaf Plantain in Flower

Brown flowers with tiny white stamens (which produce pollen) grow on top of long, slender stalks in summer and fall.

Long Leaf Plantain Flower Head
Long Leaf Plantain Flower

Tiny, white, protruding stamens encircle the scruffy, brown flower's "waist". The summit resembles a narrow pineapple.

Long Leaf Plantain Flowers
Long Leaf Plantain Flower

Each tiny, white, long stamen's tip looks like a pair of buns.

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