Plantago rugelii is an herb much like P. major.
Leaves generally pale green, base of leaf stalk usually red, not hairy.
Flower bracts narrow with tapered tip, sepals egg-shaped, sharply keeled, membranous margins much narrower than keel.
Fruit capsule 0.4-0.6 cm long, seeds 0.15 cm long, dull, blackish.
Wetland status: FACU.
Frequency in NYC: More common than indicated here.
Habitat: Lawns, roadsides, open areas.
Notes: Not easily differentiated from P. major (Hawthorne 1974).