Plantago ovata  Plantain
ANNUAL.  Leaves in a basal rosette, narrow, pointed, hairy to some degree (slightly fuzzy or covered in long white hair).  Flowers colorless to pale tan, in tight spikes on leafless stalks, March-April.  Common in full sun in gravelly, clayey soil throughout the Empires.  Seeds are glutinous when wet and help bind soil, reducing erosion.
FAMILY:  Plantaginaceae  (Plantain Family)