Plantago aristata is an annual or short-lived, hairy, perennial herb.
Leaves basal, linear, to 18 cm long, base sheathing, dilated, papery.
Flowers white, very small, petals 0.2 cm, spreading; bract below each flower linear, elongate, conspicuous, the lower ones to 2.5 cm long, shorter above; inflorescence a wooly spike.
Fruit dry capsules with 2 seeds.
Wetland status: UPL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent but many plants often found at one site.
Origin: Midwestern US.
Habitat: Dry, open soil.