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I do that sometimes, too, Dianne, get home with nice photos, but not the one I need to made a good identification. Sigh. Luckily, plants don't run off ...
Thanks so much. I agree, it does look more like the Plantago lanceolata. I do wish I had taken photos of the entire plant. I just fixated too much on the flower.
Here is a list of plantago sp. in California http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/speciesl... I voted for the one above
Lat: 41.29, Long: -124.06
Spotted on May 24, 2013 Submitted on Jun 30, 2013