Plantago rugelii
(Black-Seeded Plantain)

Other pictures of this plant:

               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Black-Seeded Plantain, Blackseed Plantain, Pale Plantain
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - October
    Status: Native

Plantago rugelii, or Black-Seeded Plantain, is native to the eastern two-thirds of the United States. It grows in moist woods, woodland edges and trails, fields, waste areas and lawns. It blooms in spring through summer, with many small green flowers white whitish stamens, all on long stalks.

Although this genus has several species in the US, as well as one very close non-native, Plantago major this plant is fairly easily distinguished by its elongated seed pods, and also, especially, by the red on the base of the stems of its spoon-shaped leaves. It is the only species that has this red. See photo for comparison.

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