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Plantago depressa is a perennial found in areas such as E. Asia - China, Korea, Himalayas. A member of the Plantaginaceae family, Plantago depressa Willd does not go by a known (to us) common name. The perennial can grow to a height of meters and up to meters wide. The preferred habitat of Usually found under tree shade on waste ground, 1700 - 1900 metres in the Himalayas., with LMH soil and SN moisture levels. .
The plant is a zone hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of 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.
Plantago depressa is a non flowering plant which is pollinated by Wind.
The plant has an edibility rating of 1Young leaves - raw or cooked. A famine food, only used when all else fails.
Cultivation tips: We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. 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.
Young leaves - raw or cooked. A famine food, only used when all else fails.