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The leaves of buck's-horn plantain have a strong resemblance to deer antlers, which explains its name. This plant cannot tolerate much competition from other plants, however it grows well under circumstances unpleasant for most plants. It tolerates certain extreme or fluctuating conditions, such as salt and wetness/dryness. Young plants are more sensitive to treading and salt, while older plants are more tolerant. Buck's-horn plantain stores the salt in its leaves, as opposed to sea lavender which excretes the salt. The plant has been cultivated for centuries as a vegetable, being particularly popular in Italy.

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