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Ribwort Plantain

Plantago lanceolata

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Plantaginaceae (Plantain)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Brown, 4 petals
 
Short dense dark brown to black spikes, 2-4cm long, on furrowed stalks. Pale yellow anthers.
Fruit:
A fruit capsule, up to 4mm long. Contains between 1 and 3 yellow seeds.
Leaves:
The linear leaves are undivided or weakly toothed and tough and fibrous. They have prominent veins running parallel next to the midrib. Each leaf is up to 30cm long and 3.5cm wide. Hairless or slightly hairy.
Maximum Size:
50 centimetres tall
Other Names:
Black Plantain, English Plantain, Lamb's Tongue, Lanceleaf Indianwheat, Lanceleaf Plantain, Narrowleaf Plantain, Ribgrass, Ribleaf, Ribwort, Tinker-tailor Grass, Windles.
Frequency (UK):
Abundant  
Habitats:
Cliffs, farmland, grassland, lawns, meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, sand dunes, towns, walls, wasteland.