Seedling of plantain spp.(below). At this stage of growth it is hard to tell which species it is.
Seedlings quickly form a low-lying, basal rosette:
In following years the basal rosette "bolts" or elongates as the seed stalk and seedhead are formed:
Take a closer look at the progression of flowering development of different buckhorn plantain seedheads from bottom to top (below).
The basal rosette (below), the best time to identify plantain species. How is blackseed different than buckhorn or broadleaf plantain?
The basal rosette of broadleaf plantain
The broadleaf plantain basal rosette sends up its seedhead: