Plantain • Plantago lanceolata
Conditions: Allergic rhinitis; allergic asthma; allergic dermatitis.
Symptoms: Itchy, stuffy, or runny nose; post-nasal drip; sneezing; itchy, red or watery eyes; asthmatic symptoms; skin irritation.
Physical description: Flowers are borne on heads (well-known
to children as natural “bullets”) whose supporting stalks protrude from the mass of sword-like leaves with distinct longitudinal veins; yellow-green stamens and rust-colored sepals of the tiny flowers encircle the wand-like spikes at the end of each stalk; flower spikes resemble tiny cattail spike.
Environmental factors: Very common, hardy, and prolific weed; found in fields, lawns, roadsides, footpaths, and marginal areas; thrives in temperate regions of the world; wind-pollinated weed.
Cross-reactivity: Plantain narrow-leaf and plantain broadleaf
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- “How to Grow Plantain | Guide to Growing Plantain.” Organic & Heirloom Seeds from Heirloom Organics. http://www.heirloom-organics.com/guide/va/guidetogrowingplantain.html
- “Detection of allergens in plantain (Plantago lanceolata) pollen.” US National Library of Medicine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11097317
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Did You Know?
Plantain was considered one of the nine sacred herbs by the ancient Saxon people and has been celebrated in Anglo-Saxon poetry as the “mother