This section is from the book "British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts Vol5-6", by A. R. Horwood. Also available from Amazon: A British Wild Flowers In Their Natural Haunts.
The habitat of this plant is fields, roadsides, waste places, usually on dry soil. It is an erect plant, with the rosette habit. The aerial stems are scapes, the leaves radical, stalkless or nearly so, oblong, toothed, downy. The scape is round and downy. The flowers are green, the anthers are yellow, the filaments long, pink or purple. The spike is oblong, dense. The sepals are not keeled. The capsule is 2-seeded. The plant is 6-12 in. in height, and flowers between June and October, being a herbaceous perennial.
Ribwort (Plantago lanceolata, L.) - The habitat of this plant is pastures, grassy places, and waste places, cornfields. The habit is erect, or of rosette type with erect leaves. The aerial stems are scapes, the leaves radical. The leaves are lance-shaped, narrowed at both ends, with 5 ribs. The flowers are green, the long scapes furrowed, the spike short. The capsule is 2-celled, with seeds hollow in front. The plant is 2-12 in. in height, flowering in May up till October. It is a herbaceous perennial.