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Regarded as a weed by gardeners who want a perfect lawn, the inoffensive ribwort plantain will pay back those with a more tolerant approach by encouraging many of the smaller butterflies and moths into their gardens. The plant can look quite attractive.The flowerheads gradually turn brown and the seeds remain around for most of the winter to provide food for birds such as goldfinch.A number of moth caterpillars will feed on this species including those of the small fan-footed wave moth, which might occur in gardens. Some weevils of the genus Ceuthorhynchidius and the weevil species Tychius picirostris may also be found on ribwort plaintain. It provides pollen for some hoverflies.

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  • Posted: Thu. 18th June 2009 18:55