Plantago lanceolata is commonly known as ribwort plantain. Plantain is a member of the Plantaginaceae family.
Plantain is a common weed and is easily recognised, however, Plantago major can be easily mistaken for Plantago lanceolata; Plantago lanceolata has long and slender leaves, and the flowers are arranged in spikes with prominent stamens
Medicinal use: Plantain is an expectorant and demulcent, and therefore can be used in the treatment of the common cold, irritating coughs and bronchitis. Plantain is anti-histamine and therefore may be used alongside other herbs in the treatment of rhinitis.
Plantain contains mucilages which have a soothing effect, hence its use in the treatment of irritating coughs. This plant is also anti-haemorrhagic due most likely due to the tannin content.