Broadleaf plantain Plantago major
IDENTIFICATION — The presence of broadleaf plantain is a concern for multiple reasons. Not only is this weed unwanted, but it indicates that the soil is compacted. Spikes of tiny flowers stand 6 in. above a rosette of leaves in summer. Crushed leaves sooth the itch of poison ivy.
FAVORITE CONDITIONS — Broadleaf plantain thrives in part to full shade in damp, compacted soil. It can be found in lawns and at the edge of the garden.
CONTROL — Young plants can be hoed or pulled out, but older plants are tougher to remove. Dig them out with a shovel or use a broadleaf herbicide, especially in lawns.