Plantain Family – Plantaginaceae
The Plantain family consists of 94 genera and about 1,900 species. A very diverse group with flowers that are tubular (foxglove, penstemon), two-lipped (antirrhinum and toadflax) or open (veronica, plantain and hebe). The family was named after the Plantago genus (Plantains) which is Latin for ‘sole of foot’ indicating that the leaves grow level with the ground.
Tubular flower – Penstemon ‘Sour Grapes’
2-lipped flower – Snapdragon Antirrhinum majus
Open flower – Germander Speedwell Veronica chamaedrys is a native wild flower very common in Britain in grasslands, woods and hedge banks. It is also found though Europe to western Asia.
Hoary Plantain Plantago media has the typical low growing leaves of the Plantains.
The Common Toadflax Linaria vulgaris is a wild flower native to Britain. The flower is similar to the Snapdragon in that it is 2-lipped
Hebe ‘Pink Pixie’. Hebe is a genus of 90 species native to New Zealand. They are popular as evergreen garden shrubs in Britain.