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Plantago lanceolata

Plantago lanceolata

Common name narrow-leaf plantain
Family plantaginaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers green/white (late spring)
Size to 20"

A weed of lawns and gardens, but more troublesome in the lawn. It wouldn't be much trouble in the garden if it weren't for the fact that, as a beginning gardener, I was intrigued by this patch of nice-looking seedlings, and allowed them to go to seed before I realized what I was coddling. Ever since, that particular part of the garden has been infested. But mostly, it sends its flowerstalks up above lawn level, making it look decidedly messy. As you can see in the photo, our lawn supports a broad diversity of plant life - but narrowleaf plantain is prominent among them.

This is a weed in our garden

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