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Plantago lanceolata

Ribwort plantain

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Features

  • BloomsApril to October
  • Height0.1m to 0.45m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourPale brown, cream

Description

Plantago lanceolata (Ribwort plantain). This is a biennial or perennial species. It will produce crowded rosettes of narrow, lance-shaped long leaves. The foliage has finely toothed edges with a hairy undersides. The flowering spikes are 60cm tall tiny and very pale green. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Origin

Britain and Europe

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow. Attracts butterflies

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Poor quality
  • Soil pH7.0 to 5.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Most of the plantains are rather invasive and will need little in the way of cultivation. Grow them in well-drained soil, with sun or partial-shade.

Propagation

Propagation is by seeds or by division in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to aphids and red spider mites under glass.

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