Plantain

Broadleaf Plantain

Scientific Name – Plantago major L.
Family – Plantaginaceae
Perennial with a distinctive rosette of leaves, and slender, fibrous root system. Leaves broad, egg-shaped, with several main veins. Erect, leafless stems terminate in dense, flower spikes. Found in all of North America except the northeastern United States. Also found in the West indies, Central and South America, Europe
Bracted Plantain

Scientific Name – Plantago aristata Michx.
Family – Plantaginaceae
Winter annual with basal leaves from a taproot. Leaves, softly hairy to smooth, linear, with smooth margins. Flowers in dense spike on hairy, leafless stalk. Numerous bracts, linear, extended outward from the flower spike. Reproduces by seed. Found in low maintenance turfgrasses in most southern states, north to Michigan, west to Texas, California, the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. Also found in Mexico.

Blackhorn Plantain

Scientific Name – Plantago lanceolata L.
Family – Plantaginaceae
Perennial with a distinctive rosette of leaves and a slender, fibrous root system. Leaves narrowly elliptic to lance-shaped, often twisted or curled, with ribbon veins on lower leaf surface. Erect, leafless, hairy stalk terminated by dense, tapered, white to tannish flower spike. Reproduces by seed. Found throughout the continental United States. Also found in Canada, the West Indies, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia.

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