I’m not a great fan of lawn mowing, but sometimes it has to be done. For a bug person, it’s kind of like taking an apocalypse machine and razing an alien planet. But then there are the plantains. I think it’s an aesthetic thing that I simply don’t like about them; cutting them down is kind of pleasing. (Incidentally, I’m a big fan of the fruit people think of when you say “plantain.”)
Like most things, when you look more closely, they become more interesting. The flower heads on those long, fast-sprouting stems are an interesting bit of plant anatomy. The papery anthers on the flossy filaments surely look better up close.
Side note: very cursory internet search suggests this could be an English plantain, Plantago lanceolata, but my aptitude for identifying plants is nowhere near the same for arthropods. So, big grains of salt. (Black and white version below.)