Common Name: plantain, buckhorn
Species: Plantago lanceolata L.
Bayer Code: PLALA

Buckhorn plantain is a very common fibrous-rooted weed found in poorly managed turfgrasses. The leaves are basal, long, narrow, and pointed with several prominent parallel veins. Flowers are arranged in a dense terminal spike on a long, hairy, leafless stem. As it blooms, the stamens are exerted from the spike.
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CharacteristicTypeDescription
Growth Season summer annual weed OR biennial weed OR perennial weed 
Growth Habit rosette 
Leaflet Number one 
Leaf Margin serrated/toothed OR smooth OR wavy/crinkledmay be slightly toothed, often curled
Leaf Hairs upper/lower surface OR leaf marginonly on the margins of the first leaves, later leaves are sparsely hairy
Leaf/Leaflet Shape linear/oblongnarrow
Leaf Width 1/2 - 1 inch 
Leaf Venation parallelprominent
Leaf Arrangement whorled or basal rosette 
Root Type fibrous OR taprootmany fibrous roots arise from the taproot
Flower Color whiteinconspicuous