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Hoary plantain
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Plantago
Species: P. media
Binomial name
Plantago media
L., 1753

Plantago media, known as the hoary plantain, is a species of genus Plantago native to central and western Europe, including Great Britain and introduced to parts of the north-east United States. Its generic name is derived from the Latin for sole; like other members of Plantago, it should not be confused with the plantain, a starchy banana.


Plantago media grows in damp grassy meadows up to an altitude of 2000 m. A slender stalk of between 5 to 50 cm develops from a basal rosette of finely-haired leaves. Delicate pink-white flowers are borne between May and September. P. media is hemaphrodite and is pollinated by wind or insects, particularly bees.

The plant is edible and has long maintained a reputation for medicinal effects as an astringent for treating wounds; in antiquity it was employed against toothache and eye infections. Archeological finds testify to its use during the Roman era in Britain.[1] The seeds are a laxative.


  1. ^ "Plantago media". Archaeobotanical Computer Database (ABCD). Retrieved 2006-05-29.  


Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

Plantago media


Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Euasterids I
Ordo: Lamiales
Familia: Plantaginaceae
Tribus: Plantagineae
Genus: Plantago
Subgenus: P. subg. Plantago
Species: Plantago media


Plantago media L.


  • Species Plantarum 1:113. 1753
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Data from 07-Oct-06]. 400112

Vernacular names

Deutsch: Mittlerer Wegerich
Polski: Babka średnia
Türkçe: Beyaz sinirli ot
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