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Stagshorn Plantain

Edible Edible Autumn Autumn Spring Spring Summer Summer

Common and in a mild winter will grow year round. The plant can tolerate salty conditions so is more often found in coastal areas.

Hedgerow Type
Common Names Stagshorn Plantain, Buckshorn Plantain
Scientific Name Plantago coronopus
Season Start Mar
Season End Oct
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Leaves

Pinnate, resembling a deers antlers. The younger leaves can have straight sides with ‘teeth’ forming as the leaves grow. There is usually fine hairs on the leaves.

Flowers

Large, light brown, cylindrical flower head with tiny cream flowers appearing from May to July.

Flower Stem

The flower stems grow horizontally until just outside the rosette when they take a vertical turn.

Habitat

Although this is considered a coastal plant it can be found inland in pastures, fields, lawns, pavement edges, waste ground and anywhere with sandy or gravelly soil.

Possible Confusion

Sea Plantain, Plantago maritima which does not have hairs or ‘antler’ like leaves but is also edible.

Taste

A little like parsley but nuttier.

Frequency

Common by the coast, less so inland.

Collecting

The succulent leaves are great for salads.

Medicinal Uses

The seeds can be used as laxative.

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