Greater Plantain - Plantago major

    Alternative names
    Broad-Leaved Plantain

    Low to short plant with a solitary, or several leaf rosettes. Leaves oval to elliptical, irregularly toothed or untoothed 5 to 9 veined, thick and dark green. Flowers greenish yellow, 3 mm in more or less equalling the unridged stalks. Anthers pale purplish turning yellowish brown.

    Identification difficulty

    Grassy and waste places, roadsides and footpaths.

    When to see it

    June to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 603 of the 617 tetrads

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