Taxon  Report   6618    
Plantago lanceolata  L.
English plantain,  Narrow leaved plantain, Ribgrass, Ribwort
Plantago lanceolata
© 2017 Gary McDonald
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Plantago lanceolata
© 2008 Keir Morse
Plantago lanceolata
© 2008 Jorg Fleige
Plantago lanceolata, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. Cal-IPC rating: Limited

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point, line, or polygon

one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

Plant Characteristics
and Associations

Bloom Period
Plantago lanceolata
© 2007 Neal Kramer
Genus: Plantago
Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places, wetland-riparian

Arid West: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Plantago altissima
PLANTS: Plantago lanceolata var. sphaerostachya
More information about  Plantago lanceolata
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UC Integrated Pest Management Weed Photo Gallery
(profile of this plant as an agricultural weed)

Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 18, 2019).