Plantago asiatica is a perennial found in areas such as E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea. A member of the Plantaginaceae family, Plantago asiatica L is also known by its common name of Che Qian Zi. The perennial can grow to a height of 0.5 meters and up to 0.3 meters wide. The preferred habitat of Woods and waste ground in lowland and mountains all over Japan[58]., with LMH soil and SN moisture levels. .

Che Qian Zi is a zone 6 hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of Che Qian Zi is 3The leaves and the seed are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antitussive, cardiac, diuretic, expectorant, haemostatic. Assists the repair of joints[174, 176, 238]. The seed is used internally in the treatment of a variety of ailments including asthma, bladder problems, bronchitis, fever, hypertension and rheumatism[218, 238, 279]. The leaves are also used for these purposes, though they are considered to be less powerful than the seed[218]. The leaves can be harvested at any time in the growing season, and are used fresh or dried[238]. A decoction of the roots is used in the treatment of coughs[218]. Plantain seeds contain up to 30% mucilage which swells up in the gut, acting as a bulk laxative and soothing irritated membranes[238]. Sometimes the seed husks are used without the seeds[238]. Extracts of . The plant have antibacterial activity[218].

Plantago asiatica is 0 plant, whose flowers bloom typically in 7 - 8, and which is pollinated by Wind.

The plant has
an edibility rating of 1Young leaves - raw or cooked[218]. Rather fibrous, unless they are very young, they have a slightly bitter flavour[K].

Cultivation tips: Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in a sunny position[200]. This species is hardy to at least -15°c[238]. Closely related to P. major and included as a sub-species of that plant by some botanists[238].

. The plant should best be propagated by Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer A sowing can be made outdoors in situ in mid to late spring if you have enough seeds.

Young leaves - raw or cooked[218]. Rather fibrous, unless they are very young, they have a slightly bitter flavour[K].