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Indigenous Plants & Native Uses in the Northeast

(Plantago species)


Food: Soak edible leaves in salt water and boil until tender, seeds can be ground into a flour.

Medicine: : A tea from the leaves relieved sore eyes. A charm from the powdered roots was used to prevent snakebite.

Note: Also called Englishman's-Foot; although some varieties of Plantain have been introduced by Europeans, indigenous species are recognized by Native Americans for food and medicine. Includes Common (P. major), English (P. lanceolata) and Hoary (P. media) varieties.

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