Ribwort Plantain | Plantago lanceolata

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1x plug plant (approx. 2-5cm above ground, 15cm of root structure below ground)

Introduce Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) to your garden for an effortless burst of natural charm. Known for its hardiness and adaptability, this wildflower flourishes in various soil types and climates, making it an ideal choice for both novice and experienced gardeners. The slender spikes of inconspicuous flowers add a delicate touch to your landscape, while its robust leaves contribute to the plant’s durability. Watch as butterflies and bees frequent its blooms, enhancing your garden’s biodiversity. Easy to grow and maintain, Ribwort Plantain is a resilient addition to any wildflower garden, bringing simplicity and elegance to your outdoor space. Explore the joy of cultivating this versatile wildflower and enjoy the lasting beauty it brings to your surroundings.


Botanical Information: Ribwort Plantain

Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata), a resilient perennial herb, graces landscapes with its lance-shaped leaves and inconspicuous yet intricate flower spikes. Part of the Plantaginaceae family, this plant is recognized for its adaptability and widespread distribution.


Thriving in a variety of environments, Ribwort Plantain is a versatile species found in meadows, grasslands, roadsides, and even disturbed urban areas. This adaptability to diverse habitats showcases the plant’s resilience and ability to thrive in both natural and human-altered landscapes.

Benefits to Wildlife

Ribwort Plantain offers valuable ecological benefits, serving as a crucial food source for various insects, including butterflies and bees. Its inconspicuous flowers provide nectar for pollinators, contributing to the overall health of ecosystems. Additionally, the plant’s seeds are a favoured food for birds, further emphasizing its role in supporting wildlife.

Conservation Status in the UK

Common and widespread, Ribwort Plantain is not subject to significant conservation concerns in the UK. Its adaptability and ability to colonize disturbed areas contribute to its stable population. As a native species, it forms an integral part of British flora, adding to the biodiversity of natural landscapes.

Ease of Growing

Cultivating Ribwort Plantain is remarkably easy, making it an ideal choice for both experienced gardeners and novices. The plant readily establishes itself in various soil types, from well-drained to slightly compacted soils. Its tolerance to mowing and grazing allows it to thrive in both natural and managed landscapes. Whether incorporated into wildflower meadows or traditional lawns, this wildflower requires minimal care, showcasing its resilience and adaptability.

Ribwort Plantain, emerges as a resilient and versatile herb that effortlessly integrates into diverse landscapes. Its adaptability, ecological benefits, and ease of cultivation make it a valuable addition to gardens, meadows, and beyond. Embrace the enduring charm of this delightful herb, and witness the beauty it brings to both natural and cultivated spaces while supporting local wildlife.

More Information

The Wildlife Trusts

Totally Wild UK

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Additional information

Weight 1 kg


Flowering Months

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Light levels



Soil moisture

Dry, Normal, Well draining, Wet


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