Broadleaf Plantain
Scientific Name: Plantago major
Also Known As: Buckhorn Plantain, Paleseed Plantain
Weed Family: Plantaginaceae


Broadleaf plantain is a shallow mostly fibrous rooted perennial. The leaves which develop in a rosette are large oval shaped with predominant veins. Broadleaf plantain is similar to several other plantain species, but does not have the purple color at the petiole of the leaves. The main growth period for broadleaf plantain is from June through September. The seedhead is described as a rat-tail like seed head with flowers along the upper half of the seed head. Broadleaf plantain spreads by both seed and shoots from the roots. Broadleaf plantain is found throughout all of the United States.

Herbicide Use

Apply a selective broadleaf herbicide in mid-spring after seed germination in the rosette to flower stage or in the fall when active growth has resumed.


Germination Dates

Zone-3: April-MayZone-4: April-MayZone-5: March-AprilZone-6: March-AprilZone-7: February-MarchZone-8: February-MarchZone-9: JanuaryZone-10: January