Ribwort plantain, Narrowleaf plantain, English plantain, Ribleaf or Lamb’s tongue

Herbs profile

  • Latin Name: Plantago lanceolata
  • Planus: lat. flat
  • Lanceolatus: lat. lanceolate
  • Family: Plantain Family/Plantaginaceae
  • Feed type: Herbs

Ribwort plantain (Plantain Plantain)

The ribwort plantain, also known as the bourgeois herb, lung leaf or snake tongue, is a plant species belonging to the Plantaginaceae family.

It is a perennial herbaceous plant. It reaches a growth height of 5 – 50 cm.  The pointed, narrow, lanceolate, leafless leaves stand in a rosette.

The small, inconspicuous flowers are arranged in a spike, which stands on a stem round, leafless shaft. The flowers are pre-feminine, i.e. the male flower organs appear only after the female flowers have faded. The pollination is done by the wind, the pollen can cause hay fever.

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Occurrence Ribwort Plantain

The Ribwort Plantain can be found everywhere on fresh to moderately dry lean to fatty meadows and is a welcome and valuable forage plant.

Effect Ribwort Plantain

It has been an excellent and one of the best known medicinal plants since ancient times. The plant sap is antibiotically active (Aucubin) and therefore has a good shelf life.

It has proven itself as an expectorant cough medicine. Freshly pressed leaves on insect bites alleviate itching and swelling and are a fast-acting emergency remedy.

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