Plantago lanceolata plant NC6

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    Introduced, warm-season, perennial herb, to 45 cm tall and with a deep taproot. Leaves are rosette forming, 8-20 cm long, with entire margins and strong parallel veins. Flowerheads are dense spikes (1-12 cm long) on the end of ridged, unbranched stems. Flowering is from spring to autumn. A native of Europe and northern and central Asia, there are both naturalized and sown types. Naturalized types are more common in disturbed or rundown areas, such as roadsides or low fertility pastures. Sown varieties will tolerate relatively low fertility, acidic soils. Naturalized (or wild) types may be considered weeds as they are unpalatable, low growing and can exclude more desirable species in rundown pastures; also a weed of cropping. Best controlled by vigorous pastures, so that they are shaded and forced to grow vertically and so can be more readily grazed by stock. Sown varieties have been selected for palatability, high quality and larger erect growth. They are very quick to produce green feed in summer. Best sown in a paddock free of broadleaf weeds. Tolerance to set stocking will depend on which variety is sown – some are very tolerant. They respond to increased fertility, especially nitrogen.

    1. anro0002 18 months ago | reply

      this is not Plantago lanceolata but Plantago major, compare the leaves!

    2. Macleay Grass Man 18 months ago | reply

      Andreas Rockstein It is Plantago lanceolata. Although the leaves are unusually broad in this particular plant it is just part of the natural variation in this species. Although not shown many plants were in flower with the normal lanceolata head. P. major has more distinct petioles with blades which rapidly broaden from their base and margins with a few small blunt teeth. Also the plant photographed was in a dry pasture; not the usual habitat of P. major.

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