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broadleaf Plantain

Plantago major L.

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Found in:

  • Lawns and landscape beds
  • Thrives in nutrient rich soil (top soil, compost)

Characteristics:

  • Low growing perennial
  • Leaves are broadly oval but narrowing sharply toward the base
  • Leaf veins radiate outwardly from the base of the leaf and appear to be almost parallel
  • Greenish flower spikes are 6-12” tall and grow from the center of the plant; they are not readily noticeable
  • Tap root with many fibrous roots; gives the impression of a fibrous rooted plant

Significance:

  • Tolerates and survives normal lawn mowing conditions
  • Tolerates compacted soil and both wet and dry sites

Plants that look similar:

  • Blackseeded plantain

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