Plant ID forum: Chinese plantain

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KaceyVeggies
Oct 25, 2016 8:21 PM CST
Hi everyone this is my first post so let me know if there's anything I should add! I bought these seeds recently marked Chinese plantains and they're still quite young but I just don't think they look right!
They're about palm of your hand sized with fuzzy leaves.
Thanks Smiling Thank You!
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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Oct 26, 2016 9:17 AM CST
Certainly not a plantain (Plantago sp.). There should never be just one central leaf vein on any plantain, and leaves and leaf stems should only be sparsely hairy. You likely wouldn't even notice any. Kinda look like Chinese Forget-me-not? but there must be a lot of different plants that look like that when they are small.
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janinilulu
Oct 26, 2016 4:17 PM CST
Could be Rudbeckia hirta.
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greene
Oct 26, 2016 5:21 PM CST
Please, may we know from where the seeds were purchased? Knowing that would help narrow down the possibilities.

In the herbal/accupuncture community something labeled as 'Chinese Plantain Seed' aka Che Qian Zi aka "Semen Plantaginis" can be the mature dried seed of several different types of Plantain:
Plantago afra, P. ovata, P. indica, P. asiatic, P. depressa. (There may be others.)




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Alberta
KaceyVeggies
Oct 27, 2016 9:10 AM CST
Leftwood said:Certainly not a plantain (Plantago sp.). There should never be just one central leaf vein on any plantain, and leaves and leaf stems should only be sparsely hairy. You likely wouldn't even notice any. Kinda look like Chinese Forget-me-not? but there must be a lot of different plants that look like that when they are small.


Hmmm you know what it's a bit ironic, but I did purchase forget-me-nots at the same time I think I might have possibly switched the tags during planting. Whoops D'Oh!

Also thank you!
Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN, USA zone 4
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Leftwood
Oct 27, 2016 4:02 PM CST
I would call that pleasantly coincidental, rather than ironic.

But I guess time will tell if that's true, too! Thumbs up

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