Plantago lanceolata is a perennial herb 10-40 cm tall, roots fibrous.
Leaves all basal, ascending, narrow with prominent parallel veins, to 40 cm long, 4 cm wide; inflorescence stalk to 50 cm tall.
Flowers small, inconspicuous, amid bracts; white stamens somewhat conspicuous; inflorescence a narrow spike to 8 cm long to almost 1 cm wide, brown, wooly. densely packed, cylindrical.
Fruit dry, 0.4 cm with 2 blackish seeds. Seeds eaten by many birds, leaves eaten by rabbits, other small mammals and deer (Martin et al. 1951).
Wetland status: UPL.
Frequency in NYC: Common.
Habitat: Open areas, lawns, roadsides, fill, weedy areas.