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Broadleaf Plantain: Plantago major

Broadleaf Plantain is a low growing perennial. It has broad leaves with prominent veins. The leaves are arranged in a rosetteand may smother lawn grass. The flowering spikes normally grow taller than the foliage but may develop below mowing height.

Vigorous, thick turfgrass is less susceptible to invasion. To make your turf more competitive with weeds, follow proper cultural practices outlined in CSU Fact Sheet 7.202, lawn care.


Triclopyr + 2,4-D or 2,4-D alone or 2,4-D combination herbicides should control plantain. Always read the label before applying any pesticide.

Photograph courtesy of Judy Sedbrook.

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