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American Plantain, Black-seeded Plantain, Red-Stalked Plantain, Rugel's Plantain
Blackseed Plantain is a native plant found through much of the eastern two-thirds of North America and in almost all counties in Virginia. It commonly grows in disturbed habitats, such as lawns, and you might have some growing in your yard. Plants in the genus Plantago (which means "the sole of the foot") are found throughout the world, including in North America. They are not related to the plantains people buy in grocery stores. Botany at times can be confusing. In addition to the plantains in the genus Plantago not being related to cooking plantains, the cooking plantains are considered to be a berry by botanists. Other berries are cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelons, bananas, and pumpkins. Botantists do not consider strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries to be berries. Blueberries and cranberries are considered to be berries.
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