Photographer: from USDA Plants website
Plantago aristata Michx.
bracted plantain, buck-horn, large-bracted plantain
Plantago: from Latin planta meaning "foot print"
aristata: bearded, furnished with awns; bristly
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized|
|Plant: ||erect, annual/perennial, 5"-10" tall, thinly hairy forb; taprooted|
|Flower: ||cream, 4-parted, tiny, 2-lobed; leaf-like, hairy, long bracts below the flowers, 4 stamens barely protruding; inflorescence a 1"-2 1/3" woolly, cylindrical spike; blooms June-Nov.|
|Leaf:||mostly linear to 7" long, stalks flaring and papery at the sheathing base|
|Habitat: ||dry; disturbed sites|