Plantain, Tall Coast (Plantago subnuda), packet of 50 seeds, Organic

$3.95

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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  1. Richo Cech

    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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    • JD

      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.)

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    • Richo Cech

      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

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    • JD

      I appreciate it, Richo~ It will be fun to add this perennial to the mix. I will also check out saltwort.

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    • Allison Fite (verified owner)

      Hey Richo,

      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?

      Thanks!

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    • Mayche Cech

      Mayche 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

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