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.

Identification difficulty

Originally mainly coastal it seems to be spreading inland alongside main roads where it tolerates the winter salting.

When to see it

May to July.

Life History

Usually biennial or perennial but sometimes annual.

UK Status

Common as a coastal plant throughout Britain but now increasingly found inland.

VC55 Status

Previously scarce but now local and increasing in Leicestershire and Rutland, mainly alongside main roads where it is tolerant of winter salting. In the Flora of Leicestershire (Primavesi and Evans 1988) it was found in 4 of the 617 tetrads.

It was on the 2011 VC55 Rare Plant Register (Jeeves, 2011) but it is increasing its range and no longer meets the criteria for inclusion on the current RPR (Hall and Woodward, 2022)

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Buck's-horn Plantain
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
12/05/2008 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
15/01/2024 (Cunningham, Sally)

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