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Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Narrowleaf Plantain (English Plantain) (Plantago lanceolata): Images

Date Location Notes Images
May 14, 2012 Southeastern New Hampshire I had given up ever finding Narrowleaf Plantain. Fortunately, the enormously tall flower stems were up and some of them in flower to make identification a little more certain. I was thrown off in identification by a couple of the misshapen flower spikes as seen in some of the pictures below (where it looks like three flower spikes are fused together).

There are more Plantago species in New England than I was aware of (12!). In addition to the distinctive basal lanceolate to narrowly-elliptical leaves and the very tall flower stem, one picture flower shows the flower corolla being between 1.5 - 2.5 mm long and a close image shows the sepals being cililate at the tip.
Date Location Notes Images
May 15, 2014 Southeastern, Connecticut