Plantago wrightiana from Vickey in SC

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I have exhausted every plant/weed website and cannot find this little plant. It looks like it may be in the plantain family, but it’s leaves are too narrow. The tallest stem is about a foot and a half. It grows in the sandy soil next to my driveway. The stems are very stiff – almost woody in feel and hairy. These photos were taken a few days ago. Please tell me what it is.

Hi again Vickey,

you are correct – it is a plantain, specifically it is Wright’s plantain, Plantago wrightiana. It has been confused with other similar species. It is actually widespread in the southern states. Several species have very narrow leaves.


Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS


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