Etymology: Plantago: from Latin planta meaning "foot print"
Plants: erect, annual/biennial, 8"-12" tall, weedy, hairy, taprooted forb
Leaves: widely elliptical to oval with a wide, rounded tip, 3 parallel veins, becoming erect after blooming
Flowers: green to white, 4-parted, 1/16" long; leaf-like, hairy, short bracts below the flowers; inflorescence a 1"-3" conical spike; blooms May-June
Habitat: dry; in sandy soil
Conservation Status: Introduced - adventive
Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = FACU- USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions