How long have we been seeing all those boring, petal-free plantains sprout from the lawn? Isn't it fun to see one that came up with an actually interesting way to catch our eye? But these natives annuals just aren't that cooperative. They grow in drier open areas or open woods in AR, AZ, CA, CO, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM. NV, NY, OH(E), OK, OR, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY, AB, BC, MB, SK, and, yes, south to Patagonica. Lincoln Co NE, 6/15/13.