Pale Indian Plantain (Arnoglossum atriplicifolium)

Botanical names:
Arnoglossum atriplicifolium Accepted
Cacalia atriplicifolia Synonym
Cacalia rotundifolia Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 36 - 84 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 36 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Other Beneficial Insects: wasps. flies
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Hoverflies
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

single seed pod

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 1, 2018 6:52 PM

The Pale Indian-Plantain is a tall, upright perennial growing in moist to dry soils in meadows, prairies, and other upland areas from western New York & Pennsylvania & New Jersey down to northwest Florida to northern Louisiana to eastern Kansas & Nebraska to central Wisconsin. It grows 3 to 9 feet high with the long flower stalk and has a good display of small white flowers in clusters in July to early September, blooming about a month in that time slot. It is smooth and glaucous with fan-shaped leaves with irregularly coarse teeth or lobes. It needs cross-pollination with the help of many native bees, wasps, flies, and some others. I've seen some plants in the restored savannah of Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois and in the restored prairie of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, IL. Some native plant nurseries sell it.

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