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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Plantago (the Latin name). Plantaginaceae. A group of 200 or more species of annual and perennial herbs or subshrubs occurring in many parts of the world. It is a weedy genus, and only two or three species have any economic or commercial value worth mentioning. They are generally known as plantains, although this name is also applied to certain bananas (see Musa), which are plants of widely different kind. P. lanceolata, Linn., or ribwort, is sometimes used in pasture mixtures abroad, because it affords more or less spring pasturage on dry and sterile soils. The seed is offered by American seedsmen for feeding birds, but not for sowing. In this country, however, it is one of the worst of lawn weeds, thriving in our hot dry soils when grass kills out. The best remedy for it is to secure a better stand of grass, and this is made possible by making the ground rich and so treating it that it will hold moisture. P. Coronopus, Linn., the buck's-horn plantain, native to Eu., Asia, and N. Afr., is sometimes eaten as a potherb (see p. 1411). It is a low perennial, with linear-lanceolate often pinnatifid lvs. It is not in the American trade. P. cordata. Lam., of the E. U. S., has been offered by dealers in native plants as a subject for colonizing in bogs and margins of ponds. It is perennial, with a stout root-stock, large cordate-orbicular shining lf.- blades, and a slender spike rising 1-2 ft. high and bearing small pinkish fls. with exserted style and stamens. P. major, Linn. (Fig. 2990), is a very common door-yard weed. Var. variegata, Hort., a variegated lf.-form, is offered in England. P. maxima, Jacq., from Siberia, said to have white feathery spikes, has been intro. into England. There are about 20 native or naturalized species in N. Amer. Plantago is the typical genus of the Plantaginaceae, a family that contains two other genera, bitypic and monotypic,—Littorella in Eu. and N. N. 'Amer., and Bougueria in the Andes of Peru and Chile. CH

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