Weed-opedia: Broadleaf Plantain – Southern Exposure

Weed-opedia: Broadleaf Plantain

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Broadleaf Plantain

 Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago Major)

What does it look like?: Broadleaf Plantain is an extremely hardy weed and can grow in a variety of climates. Produces distinct broad green leaves which can suffocate the grass underneath them. If it is not controlled, it can produce its flowers, which just look like tall upright spikes that carry its seeds.

What causes it?: Unfortunately for you homeowners, it really caused by a lack of dense or thick turf. It can pretty much anywhere in a variety of conditions.

When does it show up?: Late Spring – early Fall.

Best treatment plan: You can pull these manually, but they have a deep taproot. Best treatment is through chemical application. Use a selective herbicide that targets Plantain cultivars. Call a professional for a free quote.

How long will it take to get rid of it?: If you are a homeowner and you have grass, you will be battling this weed for a long time. It is extremely hardy and common in this area of NC.