A small family of despised weeds with coarse toothless leaves clustered at the root and tiny flowers on a coarse spike.
English Plantain (Plantago Lanceolata) is one of the most common flowering weeds about dooryards everywhere. It is only because of its very abundance that it has been given a place in this volume, certainly not because of its beauty for it is one of our most inconspicuous weeds in flower. It is regarded as a pest by real estate owners who take pride in the appearance of their yards. It is very prolific and very difficult to eradicate.
The leaves all radiate from the base; they are lanceolate, sharply pointed and set on long, troughed stems; they are dark green in color and are strongly ribbed lengthwise.
The flower stem is stiff and smooth and attains heights of 6 to 18 inches. The head is short and studded with tiny, four-parted, dull white flowers, with long, slender stamens There are often perfect, staminate and pistillate flowers on the same plant. It is now as abundant in all parts of our range as it is in its native European home.
A. Common Plantain. Plantago major.
B. English Plantain. Plantago lanceolata.
Common Plantain (Plantago Major) is, like the last, a very familiar weed about ill-kept dooryards. The leaves are larger, more spreading and not as erect; they are broad-oblong and on long troughed stems that radiate from the root.
The flower stalk rises to about the same height as the last, but the flower head is very long. The tiny white flowers open in circles about this head, slowly making their way towards the top in their succession of bloom, which lasts from June until September.