Ribwort plantain is found in grasslands and field edges. It has a long flowering time between April and October so is great in a meadow or wildlife area as the dark oval flowers heads add a pleasant contrast to many of the brighter meadow flowers. It will survive in a whole range of conditions, from short lawns to tall meadows and will also help balance a flower rich meadow mix.
The seed heads of the Ribwort plantain remain for much of the winter. They are perfect for Goldfinches and other seed-eating birds. Also the leaves are edible for wildlife.
Ribwort like many plantains has both medicinal and edible qualities, so can be grown for foraging