Ribwort Plantain – Plantago lanceolata

Another favourite, as it’s another very common weed, yet so useful as a medicine and food. The best thing for stings, from bees to nettles. Also good for deep cuts and as a tea for coughs.

Somewhat inconspicuous and by some confused with grasses, as they hide amongst them, I’ve been struck by the simple beauty of the flowers as they emerge form the rosette for leaves.

Its seedheads remain for most of the winter providing food for Goldfinches and other seed-eating birds.