Buckhorn plantain – Plantago lanceolata

Buckhorn plantain rosette

Buckhorn plantain rosette

Buckhorn plantain seedling

Buckhorn plantain seedling

Buckhorn plantain flower

Buckhorn plantain flower

Buckhorn plantain bracted flower

Buckhorn plantain bracted flower

Buckhorn plantain bracted plant

Buckhorn plantain bracted plant

Buckhorn plantain

Plantago lanceolata L.
Plantaginaceae (Plantain family)

Life cycle
Rosette-forming simple perennial.

Leaves
All leaves originate from a basal rosette. Cotyledons are very narrow and grasslike. Leaves are narrow, linear and elongated with parallel veins and generally smooth leaf margins. Long hairs may be present at the leaf base.

Stems
No visible aboveground stem. Semiwoody taproot present.

Flowers and fruit
Long, leafless stalks bear dense, cylinder-shaped flowering spikes and fruit. Single flowers are inconspicuous. Fruiting capsules yield two narrowly oval, brown to black, shiny seeds indented on one side.

Reproduction
Seeds and basal shoots.