Belongs to: flowers

Ribwort plantain Plantago lanceolata


Best time to see: Apr to Oct

Key facts

One of the commonest european plants, found in almost any grassy place and on waste ground

Sword-shaped green leaves form a rosette at the base; flowers are like small bristly cigars on stems up to 50cm

Seedheads remain over-winter, providing food for seed-eaters such as goldfinches

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Photo © Tony Gunton