Broadleaf plantain has gray-green, egg-shaped, wavy-edged leaves growing in ground-hugging rosettes. Narrow seed heads appear in a long cluster on a central, upright stem.
Rosettes appear in mid-spring in thin and weakened turf. Seed stalks rise from early summer through September. The rosette has a tendency to suffocate desirable lawn grasses. Plantain grows from seed and re-sprouting roots. Seed germinates best in rich, moist, compacted soil.