Buckhorn plantain is a very common fibrous-rooted weed found in poorly managed turfgrasses. The leaves are basal, long, narrow, and pointed with several prominent parallel veins. Flowers are arranged in a dense terminal spike on a long, hairy, leafless stem. As it blooms, the stamens are exerted from the spike.
Buckhorn plantain is a very common perennial weed found in poorly managed turfgrasses. Perennial broadleaf turf weeds are capable of living more than two years. They thrive in weak, thin turf; golf fairways and roughs; home lawns; playfields; and industrial grounds. Proper turf maintenance is the key to control of this weed.
Growth Season/Life Cycle
summer annual or biennial or perennial weed
may be slightly toothed, often curled
only on the margins of the first leaves, later leaves are sparsely hairy
1/2 - 1 inch
whorled or basal rosette
many fibrous roots arise from the taproot