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HOARY PLANTAIN Plantago media (Plantaginaceae) Height to 25cm. Persistent and downy perennial of lawns and trampled grassland, mainly on calcareous soils. FLOWERS are 2mm across, the corolla whitish and the anthers lilac; borne on slender spikes up to 20cm long (May-Aug). FRUITS are capsules. LEAVES are greyish, narrowly ovate, and taper gradually to broad stalks; borne in basal rosettes. STATUS-Widespread and common in England, but scarce or absent elsewhere.