Plantago lanceolata

Plantago lanceolata_buckhorn plantain_JM DiTomaso
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Common names: English plantain; buckhorn plantain; buck plantain; black-jacks; narrowleaf plantain; lanceleaf plantain; ribbed plantain; ribgrass; ribwort

Plantago lanceolata (buckhorn plantain, English plantain) is a perennial forb/herb (family Plantaginaceae) found widespread throughout California. This plant tolerates sand, clay and serpentine soils and thrives in disturbed areas. It is also a common lawn weed. It is considered a noxious weed to both livestock and native plants.

Rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Resources

  • Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.
  • CalWeedMapper - Statewide maps, climate models, and reports.
  • Cal-IPC News - Our quarterly newsletter. Each issue is available as a pdf.
  • Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings - Presentations and papers from our annual Symposium.
  • Don't Plant a Pest! - Select your region to find non-invasive alternatives to ornamental species. Also see our statewide brochure on trees.

    Other Resources

    • USDA PLANTS database -
      Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.
    • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from the UC Berkeley Jepson Herbarium.
    • CalFlora - Distribution information by county based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.
    • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.

    Symposium Presentations

    • None for this species.

    Cal-IPC News Articles

    • None for this species.