PlantsPlantago→Blackseed plantain (Plantago rugelii)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Other: Four tiny green sepals, four microscopic white petals, protruding stamens and styles
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Inflorescence Height: 6-10 inches
Foliage Mound Height: 1-4 inches
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Stem
Eating Methods: Raw
Dynamic Accumulator: Ca (Calcium)
Mg (Magnesium)
S (Sulfur)
Fe (Iron)
Mn (Manganese)
Si (Silicon)
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Wind

Photo credit: Frank Mayfield

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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 30, 2016 10:30 AM

This is an eastern and central North American species very similar to the European species, Common Plantain (Plantago major) . According to Minnesota Wildflowers, the native has purple bases to the leaf stalks and more elongated seed pods. Illinois Wildflowers mentions that the seed pods on the native species split open at the bottom, while the seed pods on the European species split open in the middle. The leaf stem and blade on the native are sometimes longer, up to 14 inches instead of 11 inches, but that's rare when the plants are growing in a regularly mown lawn.

I took a look at the plantains in my lawn, and so far it looks like I only have the native.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Grass ID needed by Kansasnative Jun 25, 2020 2:59 PM 10
is this a tobacco plant? by lovetogarden Jun 30, 2016 10:39 PM 8

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