Ribwort Plantian - Plantago lanceolata, click for a larger image
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Ribwort Plantian - Plantago lanceolata, click for a larger image

Ribwort Plantian - Plantago lanceolata
Family - Plantaginaceae

Height up to 45cm (18in).  Perennial of disturbed grassland, cultivated ground and tracks.  Widespread and common throughout the UK.  Deep green leaves forming a spreading basal rosette, lanceolate and up to 20cm (8in) long.  Compact, ovoid flower heads borne on furrowed stalks, May - October.  Grows as a weed in meadows, fields, pastures, by roadsides, on wasteland, in most areas.  Related to Hoary Plantain - P. media having ovate leaves and a round stem.

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