- Inconspicuous and simple, but with a strong hidden healing power
- Fresh seeds from recent harvest
- 100 seeds per packet
- With detailed instructions for successful potting
- The Enlish Plantain originally only comes from Europe, but nowadays it can be found worldwide.
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SAFLAX - English Plantain - Plantago lanceolata - 100 seeds
Inconspicuous and simple, but with a strong hidden healing power
The deep rooting English Plantain grows up to 40 cm tall and develops a basilar rosette with the leaves. From April until September, it develops rather inconspicuous blossoms with initially globose and later cylindrical flower spikes, out of which yellowish-white coloured stamens hang out noticeably long. The blossoms are free of scent and nectar, and equipped for wind pollination. The English Plantain was already highly appreciated in the healing arts of the classical antiquity, and Greek as well as Roman healers prescribed the plant for numerous diseases. It also takes up considerable space in the medicinal literature of the Middle Ages. In the time during the World Wars, the wild growing English Plantain was used as welcoming substitute for salad. Active agents: A prepared tea of the English Plantain helps with coughs and respiratory diseases since the leaves have a mucolytic effect and allay inflammations. You may use about three grams of either only the dried leaves, or the whole herb, and douse it with 150 ml of hot water and strain the brew after simmering for about 10 minutes. The tea can be used to ease inflammations of the mouth, gums and throat. The fresh, young leaves of the English Plantain that should be harvested before blossoming, have a digestive effect and are rich in Vitamin C, which makes them also valuable as vegetable or in a wild herb salad. After an insect bite or small bruises, the English Plantain can be ground and applied on the affected area and has a cooling and soothing effect.
Natural Location: The Enlish Plantain originally only comes from Europe, but nowadays it can be found worldwide.
Cultivation: The best time for seeding directly in the garden would be in spring between end of March and mid April. Seed propagation indoors, however, is possible throughout the year. The English Plantain is a light germinator and should only be covered with very little compost earth while planting. Cover the seed container with clear film to prevent the earth from drying out, but don't forget to make some holes in the clear film and take it every second or third day completely off for about 2 hours. That way you avoid mold formation on your potting compost. Place the seed container somewhere bright and warm with a temperature between 20° C and 25° Celsius and keep the earth moist, but not wet. Usually, the first seedlings already come up after 10 to 14 days.
Place: The English Plantain prefers a sunny and moderate moist place for cultivation.
Care: In tub cultivation, you should consider the rather deep reaching roots of the plant and use a tall potting container straight away. The plants should also have enough breathing space between them, at least 20 to 25 cm are recommended. The blossoms and leaves can be cut from June until October, and then kept in a warm and shaded place for drying.
During Winter: The English Plantain hibernates subterraneously and shoots again next year.
Bonsai ability: No
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