Buckshorn Plantain - Starweed [Plantago coronopus]
Buckshorn Plantain forms as a basal rosette type weed capable of withstanding regular, close mowing. Although it is a not as common as greater plantain and ribwort plantain, it can be troublesome on coastal sites.
The fleshy leaves are narrow and lance shaped. In fact buckshorn plantain takes its name from the antler like leaves.
Buckshorn plantain flowers from May to October, producing dense spikes of green - brown flowers.
This weed prefers sandy to loamy soils that are free draining, typical of coastal sites.
Hand weeding can be quite successful in removing this weed, just take care to remove the whole root.
Encourage a strong, healthy lawn with good lawn care practices to help maintain good grass coverage and prevent buckshorn plantain and other weeds from invading.
Regular mowing will help stop the weed from flowering and prevent it from spreading.
If chemicals are to be used against this weed, choose an the appropriate selective weed killer that will be effective in controlling this weed.
In many cases a single application should be enough for effective control of buckshorn plantain. If, however it isn't apply a second application 6 weeks later.
When using chemicals on the lawn or anywhere else in the garden always wear the correct protective equipment and clothing.
It is important to read the product label and follow the manufacturers health & safety recommendations and application guidelines.
For more information on the application of selective herbicide's please visit our Lawn Weeds page.