BUCKHORN PLANTAIN, Plantago lanceolata L. 1, entire plant in bloom; 2, two views of seed. Perennial, reproducing by seed. Stems erect, leafless, 4 to 12 inches (10 to 30 cm) long, terminating with flower spike. Leaves at ground level in a basal rosette, hairy, 2 to 10 inches (5 to 25 cm) long, 1/4 to 1 inch (0.6 to 2.5 cm) wide, with 3 to 5 prominent veins running lengthwise. Flowers numerous, petals inconspicuous, in short cylindrical spikes at ends of stems. Seed pods 2-seeded, splitting across the middle. Seeds small, brown, shiny, smooth, boat-shaped, with an indentation in the middle of one side, sticky when damp. Found in lawns, meadows, pastures, and waste places. The seeds are difficult to separate from those of small-seeded grasses and legumes.