Narrowleaf Plantain

Plantaginaceae Plantago lanceolata

Non-native Naturalized

This introduced forb has become naturalized across the entirety of North America and Greenland. It is commonly found in disturbed grounds, forest edges, forest openings, and new plantations.

The seed heads may provide some forage for small seed-eating birds and white-tailed deer but not a significant amount of forage. Otherwise there is no wildlife value.

As far as human use is concerned it is believed to have many medicinal properties. The leaves often used in tea to treat coughs, bronchitis, and dysentery. Alone the leaves can be chewed to make a passable poultice, proving a weak anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-toxicant action that is useful for small cuts, blisters and stings.

Plantain sprouts readily from disturbed soils.