Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Green in Winter: Buckhorn or English Plantain

Plantago lanceolata is a ubiquitous weed in the Midwest. It probably has an ample root system because it seems to thrive during severe drought. In dry weather it is common to hear a country person talking about "mowing off the buckhorn." The flower head is tapered-cylindrical, but in a few northern Indiana counties, Charlie Deam found a variety with spherical heads.

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