Plantago lanceolata

Plantago lanceolata_buckhorn plantain_JM DiTomaso
Photo: 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.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited?

CDFA Rating: None?


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.

Weed Management Notes

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

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Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

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Other Plantago lanceolata Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

    Plantago lanceolata_leaf_JohnDoyen
    Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) leaf. Photo: John Doyen
    Plantago lanceolata_seedling_ZoyaAkulova
    Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) seedling. Photo: Zoya Akulova
    Plantago lanceolata_seeds_JeanPawek
    Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) seeds. Photo: Jean Pawek
    Plantago lanceolata_inflorescence_KeirMorse
    Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) inflorescence. Photo: Keir Morse
    Plantago lanceolata_growth habit_KeirMorse
    Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) growth habit. Photo: Keir Morse