* Leaves broad, ovate to spade-shaped,
ribbed, hairy, with trough-like stems.
* Flower head spike-like, covered with tightly packed seeds, greenish
to yellowish to brownish.
* Height: 3-7".
* Flowers June - October.
* Habitat: Common in lawns, roadsides, and waste places. Look for it
on Severance Green and other campus lawns.
* Range: Throughout the United States.
* Introduced from Europe.
* The common plantain was introduced to America by the first European
settlers. In fact, Native Americans associated it so closely with the
English colonists that they named it English-Man's-Foot, as if it would
only grow where English feet had trodden. However, old names for the
plant, such as the German Wegerich and Wegetritt, the
Dutch Weegblad and Weegbree, the Danish Veibred,
and the old English Weybred, all contain references to paths
and ways walked by man. The plantain is intimately connected to the
movements of human feet.