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Plantago psyllum

Fleawort

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourWhite to pale green

Description

Plantago psyllum (Fleawort). This annual produces clumps of narrow leaves with finely toothed edges. The hairy flower stems are about 60cm tall they are topped by egg-shaped heads of tiny white to pale green flowers.

Characteristics

Annual, Evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Spanish psyllium

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and architectural value.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • 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, You can propagate from seeds or by division.

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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