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Ribwort Plantain (Plantago Lanceolata)

The perennial, ribwort plantain , is widespread throughout the UK in a number of soil types and although being quite resistant to drought, is not to waterlogging. It flowers from April until whenever the frosty weather arrives in the autumn. Brown/green flower heads with white anthers sit atop hairy stalks, which are leafless.

There are a number of sub-species of ribwort plantain and it can often live for over 10 years. Most of the flowers develop in June/July and ribwort plantain is grazed by rabbits and attacked by a range of insects.


Aerate often and maintain a thick sward to prevent ribwort plantain establishing. If removing by hand, ensure roots are fully taken out. Use  Greenor to control if necessary.

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