Nov. 22, 2017

Virginia plantain, Plantago virginica

Sam suggests that we look at "a murderer's row" of invasive flowers, and then the random selection came up weedy anyway. You might see this in your lawn, but more likely in other disturbed or sandy sites. It is very happy in the presence of modern man. But it's not invasive. It is a home grown weed that is now spreading from its original territory. You're more likely to see common, redstem, or English plantains in your lawn. The first two of those and Virginia share an interesting trait you can notice when you lay down on your lawn to look at the weeds. Sometimes they have cream colored anthers, and sometimes they're purple. Virginia now grows in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT(S), DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, RX, VA, WI, WV, and ON. Morton Co GA, 3/15/16.