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Broadleaf Plantain - Plantago major

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Broadleaf Plantain - <i>Plantago major</i>

Broadleaf Plantain

photo © Kelly Burke

Appearance:

Low growing broadleaf weed with oval shaped leaves. Leaves have 3-5 prominent veins and edges become wavy as plant matures. Long spike with small greenish flowers rise from the base before going to seed. See botanical illustration.

Growth:

Perennial weed, thrives in hot, dry weather when turf is stressed. Grows from a large tap-root in mid-spring and grows all season long. Can tolerate low mowing and heavy soils.

Physical Control:

Encourage conditions favorable for turf growth including proper drainage and fertility. Can be dug out by hand, but entire tap root must be removed for effective control.

Chemical Control:

Spot spray with post-emergent broadleaf herbicide containing triclopyr, clopyralid, or 2,4-D, MCPP, and dicamba.
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