Plantain (Common, Buckhorn)

Plantain is a broadleaf, perennial weed. The oval-shaped leaves are 4 to 12 inches long, with three to five visible veins. Clusters of tiny white flowers appear atop slender stalks from spring through summer and sometimes into fall. They can reach up to 12 inches tall.

This weed can suffocate nearby, desirable plants and is difficult to control in lawns. Plantain seeds remain dormant throughout winter and germinate in spring. It grows best in rich, moist soil.


Plantain is found throughout the United States.

Related or Similar Plants

Common Plantain, Rugel's Plantain, Blackseed Plantain, Buckthorn Plantain, Narrowleaved Plantain, Ribgrass

Cultural Solutions

  • Hoe or pull when young.
  • Use landscape fabrics to prevent growth in planting beds.
  • Improve drainage, water less.
  • Aerate lawns.