Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Ribwort Plantain
Plantago lanceolata
of the Plantain family
a perennial
20 -50 cm high
blooms April - October
likes grassy places, fields, meadows, roadsides
can be seen throughout the Park.

Local folk-names for this plant include Fighting Cocks and Kemps (from the Latin cempa for 'warrior'). These names probably derive from the games children played with Plantain flowers. They can be used in a conker-like game and also in a game where the flower heads are flicked long distances off of their stalks.