Minutina (Plantago coronopus)
Minutina (Plantago coronopus)
Minutina (Plantago coronopus)
Minutina (Plantago coronopus)
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Minutina (Plantago coronopus)

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This crisp, cold-hardy green is a delicious edible salad green as well as a gentle skin soother. Minutina is also known as Buck's horn plantain or Erba Stella and it's great tossed into meals raw, is delicious sauteed in olive oil, and can make great skin-soothing medicine.  It loves being cut and thrives in the cool spring season. As a plantain it is a go-to in the garden for skin support. 

Why We Love It

Here are some of the reasons why we love Minutina...

1) Cold-hardiness - Minutina is a cool season green that loves being cut. It's a crisp green addition to a salad and is a great 'cut and come again' salad plant.  It's most delicious before it flowers, so cutting it frequently will prolong your harvest.  It can handle mild frosts and grows throughout the winter in temperate regions.

2) Skin soother- Because Minutina is a plantain, it has a cooling effect and can draw out infections.  You can use it as a poultice and apply on scrapes, bug bites, bumps and more. It is also a diuretic and 

3) Three - It's cold hardy and can be one of the first things put into the ground as direct seeds or as a transplant. 

How to Grow It

Here's how to grow Minutina:

SUN PART SUN, PREVENT DIRECT SUN IN HOT SEASON
MOISTURE REGULAR 
GROWING ZONES USDA  (Not sure? Find your growing zone here)
SIZE 1 FEET TALL & WIDE
PRO TIP Plant Early Spring in nitrogen rich zone for best green growth as a salad veggie. 

 

How to Harvest & Use It

In Spring: 'CUT AND COME AGAIN' to keep steady supply of green leaves and delay flowering. 

In this video, the MIGardener shares why this is his absolute favorite perennial green to grow: