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Plantago lanceolata

Common Name(s):
Lance leaf plantain, Lanceleaf plantain, Narrow-leaf plantain, Narrowleaf plantain, Ribwort plantain, Strap leaf plantain, Strapleaf plantain
Edible Plants, Herbs

An common edible weed in the plantain family Plantaginaceae.  It is often seen on cultivated land, lawns, and pastures.  The only weed it is likely to be confused with is the broad leaf plantain (Plantago major) although the leaves are much narrower and easy to tell apart when the plants are next to each other.  Another way to distinguish the two weeds is to look at the brown fruits.  Narrowleaved plantain seeds are clustered closer to the tip of the stem while broad-leaved plantain seeds are much further down the stem. The plantains tend not to have a standard tap-root like the other flat-weeds. There is a definite crown just below ground level. 

Full sun
weeds, weedy, weed

NCCES plant id: 3178

Plantago lanceolata Plantago lanceolata
Kurt Steuber, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Plantago lanceolata Strap-like leaf
F. D. Richards, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Plantago lanceolata Form
Sannse, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Plantago lanceolata Flowers and seeds are clustered toward the top of the stem.