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Common Name(s): Ribwort Plantain
Scientific Name: Plantago lanceolata
Plantago lanceolata, more commonly known as Ribwort Plantain, is a common perennial plant of arable fields and grassland, widespread throughout the UK on a range of soils. It may behave as a biennial or even an annual but is a true perennial with a thick short rhizome. Ribwort Plantain has spear-shaped leaves which form a rosette at the base of the plant. Short stems grow from its leaves, with compact heads and protruding, white stamens. The flower heads gradually turn brown and seed. It is a common roadside plant and flowers between April and October, but its seedheads remain for most of the winter providing food for Goldfinches and other seed-eating birds.
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