Scientific Name: Plantago virginica
Also known as: Southern Plantain, Virginia Plantain
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.
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.
For optimum control, make your post-emergence herbicide application when paleseed plantain is young and actively growing, generally in the fall.
Weed Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Lambert McCartey. Clemson University. Clemson, SC.