Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Great Plantain
Plantago major
of the Plantain family
a perennial
10 -35 cm high
blooms June-October
likes waste and cultivated land
can be seen throughout the Park.

The flowers of this plant are not very pretty since they are pollinated by the wind and not by insects. They are long and spiky and have a resemblance to rat tails, which has lead to their alternative name of "rat's tail". These long flower spikes produce many seeds and they are very attractive to feeding birds, especially in the winter.