Etymology: Plantago: from Latin planta meaning "foot print"
Plants: erect, perennial semi-aquatic; several long, fleshy roots
Leaves: main leaves large, 5"-10" long with a heart-shaped base; main veins not parallel to the edges
Flowers: green to white, 4-parted, tiny; bracts and sepals about the same length; inflorescence up to 12" tall spike on stout, hollow, up to 12" tall stalks; blooms in the spring
Habitat: wet to moist; streambanks; in limy soil
Conservation Status: Endangered