Scouting for weeds: Buckhorn plantain
Buckhorn plantain: Plantago lanceolata L.
Life cycle: Rosette-forming simple perennial.
Leaves: All leaves originate from a basal rosette. Cotyledons are very narrow and grass-like. Leaves are narrow, linear and elongated with parallel veins and generally smooth leaf margins. Long hairs may be present at the leaf base.
Stems: No visible aboveground stem. Semiwoody taproot present.
Flowers and fruit: Long, leafless stalks bear dense, cylinder-shaped flowering spikes and fruit. Single flowers are inconspicuous. Fruiting capsules yield two narrowly oval, brown to black, shiny seeds indented on one side.
Reproduction: Seeds and basal shoots.