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
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


Why does the herb have yellow or brown leaves?

Towards the end of their growththe green leaves of herbs increasingly turn yellow and brown. This indicates that the plant is preparing for winter and increasingly suspends photosynthesis. This process depends on climatic conditions such as sunshine duration, temperature and soil moisture. Due to Arosa's altitude, the nights get cold very early, causing discoloration to beginalreadyin late summer. But do not worry: in spring the herb sprouts anew and shines again in rich green.


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.

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