Information on Greater Plantain

Common Name: Greater Plantain
Scientific Name: Plantago major
Irish Name: Cuach Phádraig
Family Group: Plantaginaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Greater Plantain is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.


This hairless perennial is so much larger than other members of the Plantain family that identifying it is no great problem.  Its greenish-yellow flowers (3 mm across) start off yellow with purple anthers; however the anthers turn yellow later on in the season.  The flowers are on slender spikes (10-12 cm) and these spikes grow out of a large basal rosette of broad, stalked, long (25cm) 5-9 veined leaves. The flowers bloom from June to October.  This plant grows in disturbed grassland and well-trodden paths, is native and belongs to the family Plantaginaceae. 

I first recorded this plant in Derrynane, Co Kerry in 1978 and photographed it in Sneem, also in Kerry, in 2008.

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Plantain, Greater
Plantain, Greater