broadleaf plantain
Plantago major L.


Plantago major is a perennial from a basal rosette with broad oval leaves.
Smooth or slightly hairy, oval to elliptic, with a waxy surface and veins that are parallel to the margins. Margins are un-toothed and sometimes wavy.
Flowers produced on unbranched stalks that arise from the rosette. Flowering stems are 5-15 in. (12.7-38.1 cm) long, clustered with small flowers that have whitish petals and bracts surrounding the flowers.
A 2-celled oval capsule, 0.12-0.2 in. (3-5 mm) long, that opens by a lid around the middle.
Ecological Threat
Plantago major can be found throughout the United States, primarily a weed of turfgrass. It is native to Eurasia.

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EDDMapS Distribution

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State Regulated List
   No Data for this state
   Troublesome or Common weed in one or more crops

Most Troublesome / Most Common Agricultural Weed List
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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Plantaginales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Plantago
Subject: Plantago major L.

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
common plantain, broadleaf plantain, buckhorn plantain, great plantain, rippleseed plantain


Plants - Forbs/Herbs