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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2010, 08:07:31 AM »
Another photo...
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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2010, 08:29:58 AM »
Never seen it before.  You sure have different stuff down there!  :D

Ever check here?  http://www.alabamaplants.com/  It works a lot for me way up here.  ;)

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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2010, 08:54:16 AM »
Never seen it before.  You sure have different stuff down there!  :D

Ever check here?  http://www.alabamaplants.com/  It works a lot for me way up here.  ;)

That's an awesome site!....any other sites like that one?
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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2010, 09:24:10 AM »
I think there's one for Connecticut and Missouri.  They may be on the links page.

http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/galleryw3.html
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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2010, 03:51:52 PM »
Ooh...maybe!

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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2010, 02:57:54 PM »
Yeah, that could be it.

Here are some more pics....what do you think?
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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2010, 02:48:13 AM »
The pic showing the leaves makes it look like a Plantain.

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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2010, 09:50:13 AM »
Oh, I really hope it is...is there any way to test the leaves to be sure it really is plantain? 
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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2010, 07:24:10 PM »
It looks like plantain to me...I just did a post on my website on ID'ing plantain, and there's a link to a website that shows a bunch of varieties by state.  Check it out!

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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2010, 03:19:48 AM »
We have this around here too. It looks like plantain, but it is fuzzy. Yours looks fuzzy in one of the seed pictures and also the last leaf picture. I always bypass it in favor of the smooth leaf type.

So is there a variety of plantain that is fuzzy?

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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2010, 03:23:06 AM »
It looks like plantain to me...I just did a post on my website on ID'ing plantain, and there's a link to a website that shows a bunch of varieties by state.  Check it out!

http://www.gwens-nest.com/natural-remedies/herb-identification-plantain

Thanks!  Your post helped a lot.  My plant(s) actually looks a lot like your photo of the virginia plantain.  (And I'm going to bookmark your site!)

Unless anyone has any objections, I think I'm going to make a positive ID for virginia plantain.
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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2010, 03:24:39 AM »
We have this around here too. It looks like plantain, but it is fuzzy. Yours looks fuzzy in one of the seed pictures and also the last leaf picture. I always bypass it in favor of the smooth leaf type.

So is there a variety of plantain that is fuzzy?

Well, shoot....let me go check to see if it is indeed fuzzy...I think the camera just took a blurry picture, but let me get back to you...
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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2010, 03:34:19 AM »
We have this around here too. It looks like plantain, but it is fuzzy. Yours looks fuzzy in one of the seed pictures and also the last leaf picture. I always bypass it in favor of the smooth leaf type.

So is there a variety of plantain that is fuzzy?

Well, shoot....let me go check to see if it is indeed fuzzy...I think the camera just took a blurry picture, but let me get back to you...

Um, yeah, those leaves are fuzzy.  Most of the plants I checked had fuzzy leaves and/or stems.  There were a couple that felt less fuzzy, more smooth, but maybe those were in a different stage?

So, I don't know now....are some plantain leaves fuzzy?  These leaves definitely have vertical veins!  Are there any other types of plants that have vertical veins?
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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2010, 03:46:44 AM »
Well, I did find this:

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Heller's Plantain (Cedar Plantain) Plantago helleri

Flower spike 1"-3" tall on a thick fuzzy stem.  Leaves are long and fuzzy.  Plant grows to about 8" tall.

http://www.catnapin.com/WildWeeds/Weed/wwPlantain.htm

But, my plants do not look like Heller's Plantain...

LOL, maybe my plant is some sort of hybrid!
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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2010, 07:12:15 AM »
Thanks for that site you just shared!

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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2010, 10:40:50 AM »
I searched fuzzy plantain and found a great link, which I see you already posted.  :D  I would guess yours is plantago virginica as is what I have around here that I was talking about. Neat!

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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2010, 05:07:49 AM »
So....what's the final verdict?  Is this plant with fuzzy vertical vein leaves truly a plantain?  A plantago virginica?  I know a few plantains can have fuzzy leaves, but not necessarily the virginica kind....I'm still not sure about this plant...I don't want to start using these leaves and end up doing something detrimental to our bodies...I want to be POSITIVE that this is plantain.
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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #20 on: May 31, 2010, 05:40:19 PM »
The test for plantain is to SLOWLY break the leaf in half across the middle. If the veins stay intact and are sticking out from the torn edges it's plantain.

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Re: This plant looks similar to plantain, but I don't think it is....
« Reply #22 on: April 03, 2011, 08:34:35 AM »
Reviving an old question.  Wondering if the above plant(s) could be Paleseed plantain?

http://www.weedalert.com/weed_pages/wa_paleseed_plantain.htm

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The leaves form in a basal rosette. The leaves are oblanceolate in shape, usually having smooth edges, soft hairs and ranging from 2 - 4 inches in length.

Sounds the plant that is in my yard...

If it is paleseed plantain, is it usable/edible/medicinal?

Also, is there a good thread/site/article/book/video that explains EXACTLY, step-by-step, how to make tinctures/teas/salves/etc (with plantain, or with any plant).  I'll have a leaf in my hand and I think, "Now what?"  I'm really clueless.  I don't know what to do with it (other than crush it, eat it, wave it around in front of my face), and I don't know what supplies to have on hand.  I'd like to make things that I can store for future use, because fresh plants are not always readily available.

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