Flora of Northern Ireland
Plantago major
© Paul Hackney
Plantago major
(Map updated: March 2008)

A very common and variable species of a wide variety of habitats, often on bare ground. The leaf is proportionately much broader than any other Irish species.

Like all native Irish plantains, the flowers are wind-pollinated and produced in tight spikes on the ends of long scapes. The spike of P. major is long and narrow and somewhat resembles a ratís tail. The plant is at its most attractive at the stage when the pollen is produced, when the yellow anthers hang out from the flowers on the ends of their long filaments, but otherwise the flower and fruit spike is drab and uninteresting-looking.

All names: Plantago major L.