Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Check out EDDMapS.org to see where this has been reported.
Read more about Common Plantain at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Common Plantain, White Man's Foot
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Keith Bradley kab_plantago_major_71750
June Miami-Dade County FL
Everglades National Park
Scape solid, terete, erect. Spike 4-22cm long, dense in flower and fruit, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.
JK Marlow jkm060813_314
August Haywood County NC
Blue Ridge Parkway
Lvs glabrous to very pubescent, petioles green (rarely w slight purple tinge), per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.
Non-native: Europe /possibly native to northeast US
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Look for it in lawns, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora
4 well exserted stamens
Capsule dehiscing circumscissily
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses p146
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide p398
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast p213
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States p097
- Weeds of Southern Turfgrasses p161