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Broadleaf plantain

By: Garden Gate staff
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.

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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.

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