Bucks-horn plantain, sometimes called starweed can be annual, biennial and a perennial weed. It is very common on coastal sites, on dry, light soils. It anchors itself to the ground with a stout tap root and is able to grow in fine turf as it can withstand close mowing.
The leaves of Bucks-horn plantain grow from a basal rosette. Each leaf is narrow or lance shaped and heavily toothed.
The slender flower spikes are typical of plantains, with the flowers being a yellowish -brown colour. Flowers can generally be seen between May and September.
Very common on sandy, free draining soils, especially on coastal sites.
- Hand weeding can prove successful, taking great care to remove the deep tap root.
- Encourage good turf health and vigour by applying adequate nutrition to help prevent weeds from invading.
- Water during periods of drought to help maintain good grass cover.
- Remove seed heads before they have chance to form.
Like most plantains, bucks-horn plantain is very susceptible to most herbicides and one application is usually enough for complete control.
Bucks-horn plantain images
Recommended herbicides for the control of bucks-horn plantain
Professional products (All operators must be trained and certificated in using and applying any Ministry Approved professional product)
- ICL Enforcer (2,4-D, Dicamba, Mecoprop-p, MCPA)
- ICL Praxys (Fluroxypyr, Clopyralid, Florasulam)
- ICL Esteron (2,4-D, Furosulam)
- Barclay Holster (Fluroxypyr, 2,4-D, Dicamaba)
- Headland Quickfire (Mecoprop-p, Dicamaba)
- Headland Blaster (Triclopyr, Clopyralid)
- Headland Cabadex (Flurosulam, Fluroxypyr)
- Hygrass-P (Dicamba, Mecoprop-p)
- Hysward-P (Mecoprop-p, Dicamba, MCPA)
- Bayer Longbow (MCPA, Dicamba, Mecoprop-p)
- Mascot Junction Turf (Flurosulam, 2,4-D)
- Mascot Greenor (Fluroxpyr, Clopyralid, MCPA)
- Mascot Crossbar (Fluroxpyr, 2,4-D, Dicamaba)
Products available for non-professional use (These products are available from garden centres and DIY stores and do not require any training or certification for use and application.)
- Weedol Concentrate (Fluroxypyr, Clopyralid, MCPA)
- Vitax lawn Clear (Clopyralid, 2,4-D, MCPA)
- Resolva Lawn Weed Killer (Mecoprop-p, Dicamba)
Tips for successful weed control using selective herbicides
- Treat weeds when growth is strong, this is usually in May and June.
- Don’t mow the lawn 3 days prior and 3 days after the treatment, to allow formaximum uptake of the chemical.
- Spray when the leaf/foliage is dry, as this reduces runoff and allows thechemical to stick to the weed.