Greater Plantain

Latin Name:

Plantago major

Manx Name:

Cabbag Pherick


May - August

Locations where this species is found:
Glen Maye Archallagan Ballannette Bradda Head Calf Sound Chibbanagh Clypse and Kerrowdhoo Conrhenny Plantation Eary Cushlin Fleshwick Glen Auldyn Glen Mooar Glen Rushen Groudle Glen Langness Maughold Niarbyl Port Cornaa Port Grenaugh Port Soderick Port St Mary River Neb Scarlett Point Silverburn River Silverdale Glen

The largest of the island's plantain species, Greater Plantain can be found all over the island. It prefers hard-packed soil and is often found on paths, tracks and roadsides.

Greater Plantain is often used in herbal medicine, particularly in the treatment of insect bites and stings. It can also be eaten, though older leaves will be unpalatable unless cooked.

The Manx name for this plant is "Cabbag Pherick", which means "Patrick's Cabbage". This is said to originate from a story that St Patrick once cut his finger and used a plantain leaf to heal the cut.
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