this might just be my favourite of the most unassuming, ubiquitous weeds out there. ‘tago has provided a soothing balm for my wounds, my multiple (and agonizing) wasp stings, for our deep, hacking dry winter coughs. and in spring (and all summer long), it’s a lovely bitter addition to any salad. and if you’ve ever had psyllium husk, it’s the seeds from Plantago that you’re using.
i cannot sing the praises of this subtle little weed enough.
look for lanceolata or major – they both work well!
Eat The Weeds video – Plantagos, Plantains
Edible Wild Food – Broadleaf Plantain
LiveScience – The Five Healthiest Backyard Weeds
Methow Valley Herbs – Herbal Oils
Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Legacy – The Benefits and Uses of Plantain in Herbal Preparations
quote of the century.
i agree, “jazz hands” is way better (although less technical, of course) than “cerata”. these critters are pelagic (open ocean, current-cruising) sea slugs that eat stinging jellies, especially the Portuguese Man-o-War.
read all about it Real Monstrosities: Blue Sea Slug.
Wetland in spring
spring has sprung and after this past weekend’s amazing warmth, everything is popping everywhere