April 18th, 2010


Urban Nature Pictures 4/18, 50 more urban species #10: broadleaf plantain.

Broadleaf plantain. Plantago major

The more I tell the story, the more apocryphal it seems, but it's a good story: Supposedly the Native Americans called the plantains "white man's footprint" because wherever Europeans went, these weeds seemed to pop up. Their seeds were probably mixed in with cattle feed, and their roots tolerate the compact soil of footpaths. See also narrowleaf plantain.

Dandelions can adapt and renew
Seems like they grow best right under my shoe

King Weed by TMBG