Paleseed Plaintain

(Plantago virginica)

Family: Plantaginaceae

Also Known As: Southern Plantain, Virginia Plantain

Weed Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Lambert McCartey. Clemson University. Clemson, SC.



Paleseed plantain is a winter annual, sometimes a biannual. The leaves form in a basal rosette. The leaves are oblanceolate in shape, usually having smooth edges, soft hairs and ranging from 2 to 4-inches in length. Paleseed plantain forms a taproot. Paleseed plantain spreads from seed that is produced from flowers present in late spring. The seedhead is formed in a rat tail shape similar to broadleaf plantain. Paleseed plantain is found in many parts of North America. 


Germination Dates

4: October
5: October
6: November
7: November
8: December
9: December

Cultural Practices

Paleseed plantain does best in dry open sandy soils. Paleseed plantain does not compete well with actively growing turfgrass. Follow good cultural practices that will result in a thick stand of turfgrass.

Herbicide Use

For optimum control, make your post-emergence herbicide application when paleseed plantain is young and actively growing, generally in the fall.

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