Scientific NamePlantago major
Other Common Names:
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
Plantago major ssp. intermedia
Plantago major var. pilgeri
Plantago major var. pachyphylla
Plantago major var. asiatica
Plantago major var. scopulorum
Plantago major var. intermedia
This perennial weed grows in basal rosettes that hug the ground. Leaves die back during winter and sprouts occur from a fibrous taproot around mid-spring.
The oval, ribbed, short-stemmed leaves form basal rosettes which tend to hug the ground. The leaves may grow up to about 6 long and 4 wide. Leaves have conspicuous veins that tend to curve along the leaf from base to tip in a semi-parrallel fasion. Leaves typically lack hairs.
Leaf veins are easy to see and tend to curve along the leaf from base to tip. Plants have a fibrous tap root and leaves tend to hug the ground. Flowers are born on naked stalks that have a slender spike about 8 inches long.
Flower Seed Head
Pale green flowers are born on slender spikes and lead to green capsules that later turn brown. Flowering stalks do not have leaves and typically lack hairs.
Small capsules start green and then turn brown. Capsules will break along a suture and tiny black seed are deposited
Common in turfgrass with poor soil or compaction. Broadleaf plantain is a common turfgrass weed. It may also be found in pastures, ditches and around feed lots
prostrate and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
Stem Cross Section
round or oval