Cultivated for its seed which is used medicinally. Psyllium has been used as a safe and effective laxative for thousands of years in Western herbal medicine.
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer. A sowing can be made outdoors in situ in mid to late spring if you have enough seeds.
Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in a sunny position.
Young leaves - raw or cooked. Seed - sprouted and eaten in salads. Due to their mucilaginous quality, the sprouts are usually grown on clay or other porous materials.