A perennial herb, the ribwort plantain’s leaves are rosette forming, pointed, up to 30 centimetres long and comparatively narrow. The tiny flowers are grouped in short, dense, dark flower heads, situated on top of slender stems up to 50 centimetres long. The flower spike is ringed by cream-coloured stamen. The flowers appear between April and October.
The ribwort plantain grows in open landscapes and can often be found on roadside verges. It is common throughout Europe.