Weed-opedia: Buckhorn Plantain – Southern Exposure

Weed-opedia: Buckhorn Plantain

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Buckhorn Plantain

Buckhorn Plantain (Plantago Lanceolata)

What does it look like?:  1 – 2 foot tall stalks with a clump, or rosette of long oval leaves at the base, that are often twisted or curled. Produces a cone shaped seed head with tiny white flowers

What causes it?:  Buckthorn Plantain is spread via seed, and prefers dry soil.

When does it show up?:  Seedlings emerge in fall or spring; blossoms throughout the summer.

Best treatment plan:  It is difficult to eradicate through mowing, because the leaves can grow flat to escape the mower and it tolerates shade, so leaving the lawn high doesn’t help.  The best defense is to prevent spreading the seeds by a post-emergent treatment, and/or remove the weeds by hand, making sure to get the whole crown. Seeds can remain viable in the ground up to 60 years, so post-emergent treatment before seeds are set is critical. Call a professional for a free quote.

How long will it take to get rid of it?:  Can take years, if seeds are produced before treatment.  Vigilance is critical.