Common or broadleaf plantain is a common weedy species of the west. It is fibrous-rooted with erect stems from 10-30 cm tall arise from a cluster of broadly ovate leaves, from 3-20 cm long and 2.5-12 cm wide. The leaf margins are entire or occasionally with a few teeth. The venation is prominent, with 3- several veins arising from the base.
The inflorescence of tiny 4-petaled flowers is from 5-20 cm long. The petals are papery and reflexed. The flowers have 4 stamens. The sepals are shorter than the ripened seed capsule.
Common plantain is found in waste places, road sides, and lawns.
Common plantain is originally an European native, but is found over much of North America today. In the Columbia River Gorge, it is found from Troutdale, OR east to about Bingen, WA, and is found between the elevations of 0'-1600'.