Ribgrass Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) - Butterfly Host Plant

Shady Oak Butterfly Farm


Ribgrass Plantain, Ribwort Plantain, Narrowleaf Plantain, English Plantain

Plantago lanceolata

Plant Type: Perennial

Zones: 5-9

Height: 12-18 in.

Light Requirements: Full sun

Water/Soil Requirements: Grows well in a variety of soil types, prefers well-drained soil

Propagation: Seeds

Host Plant: Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia), White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) and Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon) Butterflies

Status: Introduced into the United States, it is now naturalized and grows wild throughout North America.

Starter Plants are not large enough to feed larvae. One 4" potted plant will feed 2 larvae.

Plant Ribgrass Plantain in your yard to attract butterflies and enjoy watching the butterfly life cycle!


A few of the butterflies and moths we raise at Shady Oak Butterfly Farm