Plantain is often found growing along roadsides and is common to cultivated land. The Latin plantago lanceolata, is due to the plant’s similarity in shape to a spear and the broad sole of a foot (planta).

Plantago lanceolata


Plant family Plantaginaceae
Flowering season May to September
Harvest Complete herb in bloom, without roots: May to June
Signature properties Square stems with spadices up to 50 cm in height growing around the anther
Vegetation Dry grassland, edge of roads and paths


Plantain syrup

Fill a preserving jar with finely chopped plantain leaves. Heat some water and leave to cool until lukewarm. Then add honey. Fill the preserving jar with the mixture. Store in a cool, dark place for three weeks before use.