plantain, buckhorn

COMMON NAME: Plantain, buckhorn
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Plantago lanceolata
FAMILY: Plantaginaceae
LIFECYCLE: Perennial
FEATURES: Rosette, tap root. Leaves are lanceolate with prominent linear veins that run the length of the
leaf. Leaf hairs prominent early, but become less so as plant ages. Seedhead a stalk with apical
compact inflorescence- 1 to 3 cm in length. Seedheads not branching numerous.
DESCRIPTION: Rosette forming perennial common in pastures, along roadsides, and in some low-maintenance
managed turf. Often mistaken as monocot because of linear leaf veins. Not prominent in lower
mowed, high maintenance turf.

Broad View Perennial rosette

Broad View
Perennial rosette

Leaf Lanceolate leaf

Leaf
Lanceolate leaf

Flower / Seed Head Spike inflorescence

Flower / Seed Head
Spike inflorescence

Flower / Seed Head Mature spike inflorescence

Flower / Seed Head
Mature spike inflorescence