Australian Gardener- Beautanicals


Plantain (Japanese) - Seeds

Plantain (Japanese) - Seeds Image

Fibre is not a new requirement to our digestive system as it is found in so very many old texts as one of the keys to great health.
Growing your own is so simple and so space friendly that it's ridiculous.
Plantain is often listed as an annual but we have so many two and three year old plants in the garden that I have to disagree with the premise.
As with Plantago major (a close cousin), the leaves are often used to speed healing, treat urinary infections and even conjunctivitis.
Psyllium's great strength though lies in the tiny seeds and husks that the plant so generously produces.
Being able to absorb up to 25 times their own weight in water, thus creating a soothing gel, they are used in many laxative formula's and slimming products.
The seed strikes extremely easily and the thick stemmed rosettes are very decorative in the garden. They self seed well so you are able to harvest the convenient seed heads as much as you need to and you will still have left enough for the next generation.
We have them spaced around the garden, best in full sun, as an interesting foliage break between many of the annuals. They are quite drought tolerant once established and ours survive winter frosts even if they do burn slightly.

Seed is now available only from our new, secure shop at

Degree of difficulty in germination.....1/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult)


Plantaginis lanceolatae herba
Published November 30, 1985

Name of Drug
Plantaginis lanceolatae herba, plantain herb.

Composition of Drug
Plantain herb consists of the fresh or dried above-ground parts of Plantago lanceolata L. [Fam. Plantaginaceae], harvested at flowering season, as well as their preparations in effective dosage.

Plantain contains mucilage, iridoid glycosides such as aucubin and catapol, and tannin.



Catarrhs of the respiratory tract, inflammatory alterations of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa.


Inflammatory reactions of the skin.


None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs
None known.

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage:

3 - 6 g of herb;
equivalent preparations.

Mode of Administration
Comminuted herb and other galenical preparations for internal and external use.