Scientific NamePlantago lanceolata
Other Common Names:
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
Plantago lanceolata var. sphaerostachya
All leaves are in a basal rosette. Leaves are linear to lanceolate (5-25 cm long by 1-2.5 cm wide) with veins running the length of the leaf, may be sparsely hairy or without hairs.
Narrow, linear leaves from a basal rosette with characteristic flowering spikes typical of a plantain.
Flower Seed Head
Flowers: A spike that is unbranched and leafless to 10 cm long and contains many inconspicuous flowers.
Seedling: Cotyledons resemble a grass emerging, are linear and smooth.
Perennial weed primarily of turfgrass found throughout the continental United States.
prostrate and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
Stem Cross Section
round or oval