The picture shows a broad leaf Plantain. I've only ever seen the thin leaf version around Brisbane myself.
Looks familiar, need to keep an eye out for it.
I've only just found this group! I purchased the broadleaf plantain from Northey St a few years ago -which self seeded, but I think all have died out. I have heaps of the thin leaved one, the bees love that type too. The previous neighbours had knowledge of herbs and told me of the medicinal properties of this plant and also said they used it to help ease the pain of wasp and bee stings. I must use it for some of the other things you have mentioned - thank you.
I bought a plant of the broad leaf from Yandina Community Gardens the other week. The narrow leafed one I had come up spontaneously in the front yard grew, flowered and disappeared. I threw seed around and hopefully more will come up.
I've used the chewed up leaves of this plant for bee sting and it seemed to help very quickly. Otherwise I was just eating it as a wild green.
The Broad leafed plant has long disappeared from garden and memory. The Narrow leaf seems to like it better around here.
I continue to eat the Plantain that comes up around my yard. Seems to grow best in the cooler months. There were a few came up around where the mower man leaves cuttings for me. I pick the leaves and use them in stews mostly.
Ha, just after I posted that I don't forage for edible weeds, I go join ...
I had to share another usage that many may know, but I got a little excited to see this ...
NSW DPI Narrow Leaf Plantain ... It's also listed as a mix for pasture.
I'll be looking for this around, as I'm interested in the stings application, and diversity for the Goats is always good.
I used it on a bee sting and it worked! Chewed it up and put it on the sting and it took the pain away in moments. Maybe I have magic spit too.
This plant seems to grow well around here. I also get Fat Hen, Galen soga (Gallant Soldier), Amaranth, Sow thistles, Dandelions, Mallow among others. Wish there were more foraging trips organised by knowledgeable people but I can't track any down apart from Adam Grubb doing the odd outing.
Thanks for the reminder about using this weed which grows so easily. I occasionally use young dandelion leaves, gotu kola, fat hen and amaranth. There's quite a lot of yellow dock and purslane, but I avoid them due to oxalic acid. I tell my husband to stop pulling these weeds out, as having them in the lawn helps add nutrients to the lawn clipping's mulch - even cobbler's pegs makes a good compost tea when I can be bothered making it.
It's such a good looking wild edible. Some of the others lack the same visual appeal.