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Hoary Plantain

Plantago media

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Plantaginaceae (Plantain)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
40 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland, lawns, meadows, roadsides, sand dunes, wasteland.

Flower:
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Green, 4 petals
 
Flower spike of pale green or whitish flowers. White or pale purple anthers. The flower spikes reach a maximum of 6cm in length. The similar looking Greater Plantain (Plantago major) has flower spikes which can reach 20cm in length.
Fruit:
The fruit is a brown capsule, up to 4mm long. The seeds ripen from July to September.
Leaves:
Broad to narrowly elliptical leaves, gradually narrowing at both ends. The leaves look fairly similar to Greater Plantain. The prominent veins all run parallel with the central vein of the leaf (midrib). All of the leaves are basal leaves, forming a flat rosette. Perennial.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Similar Species:
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