Plantago wrightiana Plant Identification (Flower, Leaf, Care, Uses)

Plantago wrightiana Decne. – Wright’s Plantain

Plantago wrightiana plant



Plantago wrightiana scapeLower portion of flowering scape.

Plantago wrightiana scapeUpper portion of flowering scape.


Plantago wrightiana leaves


Plantago wrightiana inflorescence


Plantago wrightiana flowers

Flowering – April – June.

Habitat – Disturbed sites, waste places, roadsides.

Origin – Native to North America.

Other information – This species can be found mainly in southern Alabama but is undoubtedly more common than is reported. The plant can be identified by its long, thin leaves, pubescent scapes, dense inflorescences, and pilose sepals.
The genus name Plantago derives from the Latin “plant(a)” meaning “the sole of a foot (footprint), a plant.”
The species epithet wrightiana is named in honor of Charles Wright (1811-1885). Wright was an American botanical collector from Connecticut who collected in Texas, Mexico, New Mexico, Niacaragua, and Cuba.

Alabama Distribution:

Plantago wrightiana map

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 27, Auburn, AL., 4-30-06.