to North America as a valuable herb and edible green, Plantain is a
perennial that is still used today as a crop for birdseed. Plantain is
a plant that has large leaves and grows low to the ground, and produces
a sticky seed that often gets stuck to the bottom of shoes.
the days of the automobile when most travel was done by foot, the cool
leaves of the Plantain plant was used to relieve sore feet. It has also
been used as a remedy for scorpion, snake and insect bites, and farmers
would use it to heal wounds from scythes and sickles at harvest time.
Plantain has also been used as a leafy vegetable; young leaves can be
used like spinach or eaten as a salad. Dried leaves of the Plantain
plant can be brewed as a tea.
of Broadleaf Plantain is considered to be easy. Chemical control with a
broadleaf herbicide will generally eliminate the problem in one to two
applications. Proper cultural practices will ensure future control
without the use of chemicals. A lawn that is fertilized on a regular
basis, watered weekly and cut at a mowing height of 2 ½ to 3
inches will create a lawn that is thick and vigorous, thus preventing
the germination of Plantain and other weeds.