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Plantago major

 
Plantago major
Common name broadleaf plantain
Family plantaginaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers green spikes
Size 12"
Light sun-part shade
From seed self-seeds

Low-growing rosette of mid-green leaves, with greenish flower spikes in summer. Not a "major" problem in our gardens. The only time these got out of hand was when, as a novice gardener, I didn't realize it was a weed and allowed it to flower. The next year I did lots of plantain weeding, and I still find plenty of seedlings in that area, years later. Easy to pull, though - a lift with a trowel and it's out.

This is a weed in our garden

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