Sea Plantain is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in saltmarshes and rocky coastal areas, to a mature height of up to 20cm.
The Sea Plantain is distinguished from other plantains by: its narrow, grass-like leaves; its long green compound flowerhead spikes with orangey stalks; and its cream anthers, borne on long filaments.
Botanic classification and naming: Sea Plantain is a member of the Plantain (Plantaginaceae) family. The genus name
'Plantago' identifies the plant as a Plantain and its species name 'maritima' means 'coastal plant'.
Benefits: Caterpillars of several butterfly species feed on this plant.
Benefits to wildlife are also indicated with orange icons in the plant profile bar at the top.