Buck's-horn Plantain - Plantago coronopus
A low plant with a solitary or several rosettes. Leaves linear to lanceolate, often pinnately lobed, toothed, hairless or finely hairy. Flowers yellowish brown 3mm in long spikes on unridged stalks, longer than the leaves. Anthers pale yellow occasionally pinkish.
Originally mainly coastal it seems to be spreading inland alongside main roads where it tolerates the winter salting.
May to July.
Usually biennial or perennial but sometimes annual.
Common as a coastal plant throughout Britain, and increasing inland.
Scarce but possibly increasing in Leicestershire and Rutland alongside main roads where it is tolerant of winter salting. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 4 of the 617 tetrads.
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