English Plantain

English Plantain
English Plantain. Plantago lanceolata.
Plantaginaceae, the plantain family.

Plant: Thin, ribbed flower stalks with a terminal head of tiny white flowers rise from a basal rosette of narrow, parallel-veined leaves.
Flowers: Tiny, white and green flowers packed into a tight, cone-shaped head on a long, slender, ribbed stem. The florets have 4 lobes, and 4 stamens, which protrude on long, hairlike filaments.
Leaves: Basal, lanceolate to linear, 2"-6", and parallel veined.
Fruit: Small, 2-seeded capsules.
Blooming: May-October
Habitat: Lawns, weedy areas, roadsides.

Comments: Introduced from Europe, this species is often a weed, especially in lawns. Along with other members of the genus Plantago, the plant is (marginally) edible and has a long history of use in herbal medicine (see Common Plantain).

Where to find it: Common in lawn areas of the park.