Plantago
plantain
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Plantago arenariasand plantain
Distribution: Scattered locations west of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to California; upper central and eastern North America.
Habitat: A weed of waste places, sandy areas, roadsides, and along railroad tracks.
Origin: Introduced
Flowers: June-October
Plantago coronopusbuck-horn plantain
Distribution: West of the Cascades along the coast in Washington; British Columbia south to California; scattered locations in central and eastern North America.
Habitat: Occasional at low elevations along the coast in sandy or disturbed areas.
Origin: Introduced
Flowers: May-October
Plantago elongataslender plantain
Distribution: West of the Cascades in Washington, often along the coast; British Columbia south to California, east to Minnesota and Texas.
Habitat: Moist, somewhat saline areas.
Origin: Native
Flowers: April-June
Plantago lanceolataEnglish plantain
Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; a cosmopolitan weed distributed widely throughout North America.
Habitat: Roadsides, fields and other disturbed, open areas.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Flowers: April-August
Plantago macrocarpaAlaska plantain
Distribution: Occurring along the outer coast in Washington; Alaska south to Oregon.
Habitat: Coastal wetlands.
Origin: Native
Flowers: May-June
Plantago majornippleseed, common plantain, great plantain
Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; a cosmopolitan weed widely distributed throughout North America.
Habitat: Roadsides, fields and other disturbed, open areas.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Flowers: April-August
Plantago maritimasea plantain, seaside plantain
Distribution: West of the Cascades in Washington along the coast; British Columbia south to California.
Habitat: Salt marshes, bluffs and cliffs along the coast.
Origin: Native
Flowers: May-July
Plantago patagonicawoolly plantain
Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Texas.
Habitat: Dry, open places in the foothills and plains.
Origin: Native
Flowers: April-June
Plantago pusilladwarf plantain
Origin: Introduced from eastern North America
Plantago subnudaMexican plantain, tall coastal plantain
Distribution: West of the Cascades in Washington in the southwestern portion of the state; Washington south to California.
Habitat: Tidal flats and coastal bluffs.
Origin: Native
Flowers: May-September