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  Dried inflorescences of the ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata) are a tasteful addition to a pet bird's diet. Many birds also like to eat half-ripe or ripe seeds. In each seed pod of the plant, there are two tiny seeds so in case you serve ribwort plantain to your birds they have a whole lot of "work" while gathering their food from the plants. Birds also like to eat the long and narrow leafs of this plantain species. It is about 50 to 60 cm tall and in Central Europe it flowers from May to October. Half-ripe and ripe seeds can be found from June to November.

Importance in naturopathy
Each part of the ribwort plantain has a slight antibacterial effect. Served as an infusion or as fresh food, this plant helps against diarrhoea. You can also use the infusion against conjunctivitis.

Please do never use ribwort plantain as the only medicament. A sick budgie must be brought to a vet as soon as possible because its life depends on an efficient medical treatment! 

Ribwort plantain flowers
Ribwort plantain flowers

Ribwort plantain leaves (rosette)
Ribwort plantain leaves (rosette)

 
 
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