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Both flowers and leaf are edible in salads.
Also known as buckshom plantain or Erba Stella, minutina is an annual or biennial herb whose foliage and flowers are used in salads and as a garnish. The leaves taste best when young and before the plants have had a chance to flower, but the flowers will make a tasty addition to the salad also. Rosette growing habit is beautiful.
Seeds can be started indoors and transplanted out after the danger of frost has passed or directly sown in early spring as it will tolerate a light frost. Get an early start as the plants will bolt around June when the temperatures heat up. The seeds are very fine so broadcast across soil surface and then thin to 8 inches (20 cm). Keep moist. Harvest seeds from flower heads by placing in a paper bag and rubbing them to release the seeds. Sow a second crop in the fall. With a heavy mulching of straw plants should make it through to Christmas.
Size and growth:
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Bloom / flowers:
- Bright green
Used from earliest colonial times as a remedy for fever. It was also preserved in jellies for meats and potatoes.
Minutina bolts early, with the onset of hot weather, usually in mid June.