Broadleaf Weed – Bracted Plantain

(Plantago aristata)

Bracted Plantain – also known as Awl-aster and Subulate-bracted aster – is a winter annual broadleaf weed. Plantago aristata prefers sandy, disturbed habitats and commonly occurs in glades, pastures, waste areas, residential lawns, and along roadsides and railroads. Bracted Plantain thrives throughout much of North America, with the exception of a few areas in the western United States and Canada.

Identifying Bracted Plantain -

Bracted Plantain features basal leaves forming from a main taproot. Its leaves have soft hairs or can be smooth and linear, tapering at the base. The hairy, leafless stalks form densely packed flower spikes featuring flowers growing in numerous linear bracts, extending outward from each flower spike. These large bracts are the broadleaf weed’s most identifiable feature and provide the common name “Bracted Plantain.” Bracted Plantain reproduces by seed.

Bracted Plantain Control -

Bracted Plantain can be difficult to manage relying on cultural weed control methods alone. The seeds are easily disrupted and can spread during physical removal and mowing.

Bracted Plantain

Scotts LawnService uses a selective systemic weed control program to fight Bracted Plantain in your lawn, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.

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