SCIENTIFIC NAME: Plantago major
COMMON NAME(S): Common plantain
FAMILY: PLANTAGINACEAE- Plantain family
HABITAT: Fields, pastures, roadsides, disturbed areas
HEIGHT: Usually less than 2'
LEAVES: Basal, simple, Broadly oval or lance-shaped, 6-10" long
FLOWERS: Tiny, white, congested in an elongated head at the tips of a thin, leafless stem
FLOWERING SEASON: Spring to fall
FRUITS: Tiny capsules
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Pollen proteins
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Respiratory
COMMENTS: All plantains may contribute to inhalant allergies, but P. lanceolata L., the introduced English plantain, is generally considered the worst offender.