Broadleaf Weed – Broadleaf Plantain

(Plantago major)

Also knows as Dooryard Plantain, Common Plantain and Plantago asiatica, the Broadleaf Plantain is a perennial broadleaf weed that is found in gardens, orchards and other undisturbed locations. These weeds can also be found it wet, soggy landscapes where turfgrass and other plants may not be able to flourish – look for them in areas that do not get much sunlight. Although the Broadleaf Plantain is a cool-season perennial, it can sometimes exhibit annual or biennial behavior.       

Identifying the Broadleaf Plantain -

The Broadleaf Plantain is a rosette forming perennial of high or low maintenance turf. The flower consists of long leafless flower-stalks arising from the rosette. Its leaves are smooth or inconspicuously hairy and prominent veins run parallel with the margins, which are entire and often wavy. This broadleaf weed also has a short taproot with other fibrous roots.

Broadleaf Plantain Weed Control -

While hand-pulling can be an effective short-term method for removing this weed, it is not the most effective solution. The Broadleaf Plantain reproduces by seeds, which are extremely small (less than 1/25 of an inch). Hand-pulling can disrupt the seeds from their pods, spreading them in your lawn.

Broadleaf Plantain

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

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