Great Plantain, Broadleaf Plantain
15-48 cm (6-18 inch) perennial. Leaves are broad, ovaloid, toothed, and ribbed. Grooved stalk. Flowers in a slender, elongated, brown head.
Found in disturbed areas and waste places ranging from mid-Canada to Florida, though it is an alien weed.
Parts used and Uses:
Tea brewed from leaves used to treat coughs and bronchitis. Also used traditionally for diarrhea, dysentery, and bloody urine. Leaves in poultice used for sores, blisters, swellings, and insect stings.
The seeds of any plantain may lower cholesterol when ingested. Once used for malaria and epilepsy.
Rarely, contact with this plant can cause dermatitis. Approved for use in Europe due to bronchodialation effects, and proven as an antimicrobial.