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Plantago asiatica - L.

Common Name Che Qian Zi
Family Plantaginaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woods and waste ground in lowland and mountains all over Japan[58].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Plantago asiatica Che Qian Zi


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Plantago asiatica Che Qian Zi

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Plantago asiatica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - raw or cooked[218]. Rather fibrous, unless they are very young, they have a slightly bitter flavour[K].

Medicinal Uses



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Antibacterial;  Antiinflammatory;  Antiseptic;  Antitussive;  Cardiac;  Diuretic;  Expectorant;  Haemostatic;  
Laxative.

The leaves and the seed are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antitussive, cardiac, diuretic, expectorant, haemostatic. Assists the repair of joints[174, 176, 238]. The seed is used internally in the treatment of a variety of ailments including asthma, bladder problems, bronchitis, fever, hypertension and rheumatism[218, 238, 279]. The leaves are also used for these purposes, though they are considered to be less powerful than the seed[218]. The leaves can be harvested at any time in the growing season, and are used fresh or dried[238]. A decoction of the roots is used in the treatment of coughs[218]. Plantain seeds contain up to 30% mucilage which swells up in the gut, acting as a bulk laxative and soothing irritated membranes[238]. Sometimes the seed husks are used without the seeds[238]. Extracts of the plant have antibacterial activity[218].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in a sunny position[200]. This species is hardy to at least -15°c[238]. Closely related to P. major and included as a sub-species of that plant by some botanists[238].

Propagation

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.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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