Weed of the Week – English Plantain

Another plant that I regularly rescue from the lawn is English Plantain.  I know many consider it a noxious weed but I have a fondness for it.  It reminds me of home, and its neat little clumps of sword shaped leaves and dainty pollen laden flowers that dance on the slightest breeze makes it an attractive alternative to ornamental grasses in the garden.

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It is reliably perennial and also has medicinal uses, one of the main ones being a tea brewed from the leaves being a highly effective cough medicine apparently (I have to admit I have never tried it).

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