Plantain:                                               Plantain

Broadleaf Plantain is a perennial plant that grows best in moist areas with full sun to partial shade from spring to autumn.

Plantain plants will thrive in weak turf areas with compacted soil.

Although a perennial, the Plantain plant does not reproduce freely by vegetative means and reproduction is primarily by wind-pollination, and propagates primarily by seeds, which are held on the long, narrow spikes which rise well above the foliage. Each plant can produce up to 20,000 seeds.


No single procedure has been successful in controlling plantain in turf grass. Pre emergent broadleaf herbicide applications are the best defense against intrusion of the Plantain, but are not a guaranteed method.

Early removal of new seedlings has been successful when practiced diligently. Digging out perennial Plantain plants must be done regularly for several years to be successful.  Repeated applications to perennial plants with a non selective herbicide can be helpful, but control of established Plantain plants with post emergent treatment is much more difficult.  Repeat applications are needed to kill weakened perennial weeds and new germinating seedlings.  Once these weeds are killed in open sites, these areas should be over-seeded to establish vigorous turf grass.

Interestingly, the Plantain plant is one of the most abundant and widely distributed medicinal crops in the world.  Scientific studies have shown that Plantain extract has a wide range of biological effects.   A poultice of the leaves can be applied to wounds, stings, and sores in order to facilitate healing and prevent infection.

Please remember, no matter what species of weed we are dealing with, maintaining a healthy strong turf in Hudson and River Falls through proper turf mowing, fertilization and herbicide applications and appropriate watering is the best and most effective means in controlling all weeds.  Grass Master Lawn Care & Grounds Control is the leader in helping you become the MASTER on YOUR grounds!!