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Plantago patagonica
woolly plantain

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest and in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; British Columbia to California, east across most of North America to the Atlantic Coast; also in South America.

Habitat: Dry, open places at low to middle elevations.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Wind


Annual, 5-30 cm. tall, the herbage white-woolly.


Leaves all basal, 3-13 cm. long and 1-7 mm. wide, oblanceolate to linear, tapering to a petiole and to an acute tip.


Inflorescence a dense, cylindric, bracteate, woolly spike, 1.5-10 cm. long and well under1 cm. wide; bracts firm, linear, 5 mm. long, usually not exerted; calyx 4-lobed; corolla lobes 4, spreading, 1.5-2 mm. long; stamens 4; ovary superior, 2-celled.



Accepted Name:
Plantago patagonica Jacq.
Publication: Icon. Pl. Rar. 2: 9, pl. 306. 1786.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Plantago purshii Roem. & Schult.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Plantago patagonica in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Plantago patagonica checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Plantago patagonica information.

E-Flora BC: Plantago patagonica atlas page.

CalPhotos: Plantago patagonica photos.

USDA Plants: Plantago patagonica information.

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