Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.
Scientific name: Plantago major L.
Common name(s): common plantain, broadleaf plantain, great plantain, greater plantain
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- broad ovate
- 3-9 prominent veins
-may be confused with P. media or P. rugelli; see left sidebar of Go Botany webpage
-Native to Europe
-uses for herbal medicine
Najafian, Y., Hamedi, S. S., Farshchi, M. K., & Feyzabadi, Z. (2018). Plantago major in traditional persian medicine and modern phytotherapy: A narrative review. Electronic Physician, 10(2), 6390-6399. doi:10.19082/6390
Go Botany. “Plantago Major L.” Plantago Major (Common Plantain): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/plantago/major/.