days to maturity:
plant spacing: 1 plant per foot
sunlight requirements: 6-14 hours
look out for: overwatering
harvest notes: harvest frequently to keep flush green growth
perennial if protected during summer
Broadleaf plantain is a very common weed throughout the world, however because of our tropical climate it isn’t a “common weed” or a native, here. But, that doesn’t mean it wont grow, it just has to be purposefully planted. The young tender leaves can be eaten raw and the older tougher leaves can be boiled in stews or slow cooked like any other “callaloo” type dish and consumed. Medicinally, plantain leaves have been used in folk medicine for making poultices for skin wounds & insect stings. The root is used for fevers and respiratory infections.