Etymology: Plantago: from Latin planta meaning "foot print"
Plants: erect, annual/perennial, 5"-10" tall, thinly hairy forb; taprooted
Leaves: mostly linear to 7" long, stalks flaring and papery at the sheathing base
Flowers: cream, 4-parted, tiny, 2-lobed; leaf-like, hairy, long bracts below the flowers, 4 stamens barely protruding; inflorescence a 1"-2 1/3" woolly, cylindrical spike; blooms June-Nov.
Habitat: dry; disturbed sites
Invasive And Exotic Species of North America: Descriptions, management issues, warnings, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"