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Plantago australis is a perennial found in areas such as . A member of the Plantaginaceae family, Plantago australis Lam is also known by its common name of Mexican Plantain. The perennial can grow to a height of 0.2 meters and up to 0.2 meters wide. The preferred habitat of the plant, with LMH soil and N moisture levels. .
Mexican Plantain is a zone hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of Mexican Plantain is 2Plantain seeds contain up to 30% mucilage which swells up in the gut, acting as a bulk laxative and soothing irritated membranes. Sometimes the seed husks are used without the seeds. A poultice of the leaves has been used in the treatment of cuts and boils.
Plantago australis is a non flowering plant which is pollinated by Wind.
The plant has an edibility rating of 1Young leaves - raw or cooked.
Cultivation tips: We have very little information on this species but it has been growing successfully with us since 1990 and seems to be fully hardy. It succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in a sunny position.
. 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.