Plantain, Tall Coastal (Plantago subnuda), packet of 50 seeds, Organic
Family: Plantain (Plantaginacea)
Hardy to Zones 7 to 9
(Tall Coast Plantain, Naked Plantain) Perennial halophyte. Native to the Pacific coast of the US. The plant forms a stout rootstock topped by a caudex, sporting long, reddish, radiating leaves. The flowering stalks are magnificent. Prefers clayey, sodden ground; full sun to part shade. Sow seed in spring by barely covering with soil and keeping moist and warm. Germination is rapid. Thin to 1 foot apart. Flowers to 3 feet tall.
50 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown
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Admin Richo Cech –
Among all the different species of plantain, this one tends to stay true to form. That is, it does not tend to intergrade with other species. A powerful plant, you can see the way it pushes aside competition (main photo, Oregon Coast, Yachats). I have successfully introduced this plantain to my upland gardens (not close to the sea) and find that it overwinters successfully and provides a very solid presence. It makes me feel good when I see it, and the mower goes–around it. All the plantains are full of astringent tannins and they also contain the cell-proliferant allantoin. Anyone interested in healing with herbs knows plantain, and to know it in its many guises is a learning worth doing. richo
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Halophytes–I wonder how this halophyte would fare in a greywater constructed wetland in zone 10 in Southern California (with papyrus, canna, cattails, & calamus.) Got other suggestions for greywater constructed wetland setting? (I use Oasis Design soap which is made to break down into plant nutrients, but the imported water has a relatively high salt content.)
Richo Cech –
The tall coast plantain would be a good choice. They really thrive. We also have “saltwort” in stock that you might try. richo
I appreciate it, Richo~ It will be fun to add this perennial to the mix. I will also check out saltwort.
Allison Fite (verified owner) –
What parts of this plant are edible? Looking to use it to make tea but want to be sure it’s edible before I start.
What are you best recommended forms for using this medicine?
Richo Cech –
All parts are harmless and edible but not tasty. Any of the Plantago species can be dried and made into tincture or tea. richo