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Arnoglossum atriplicifolium

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: average, loam, sand

Height: 3'-6'

Bloom Time: July, August, September

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green, gray-green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, medicinal, naturalizing

Flower of Arnoglossum atriplicifolium (pale Indian plantain).
  • Flower of Arnoglossum atriplicifolium (pale Indian plantain).
  • Flower of Arnoglossum atriplicifolium (pale Indian plantain).

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Description

Arnoglossum atriplicifolium

Also known as:

pale Indian plantain

,

Indian plantain

Scientific Synonyms:

Cacalia atriplicifolia, Cacalia rotundifolia, Mesadenia atriplicifolia

Description

Found naturally in prairies, open woodlands and along stream edges, Arnoglossum atriplicifolium is native to all but the northernmost part of the eastern United States. It bears creamy white flower clusters. The shape of it's large leathery leaves is reminiscent of those of the Sycamore.

Cultivation

In full sun to light shade, this medium height plant will readily colonize in average soil, making it well suited as a point of interest in an otherwise neglected area. It may be cut back to it's basal leaves after blooming to encourage additional flowering. Bloom times are from July through September. Zones 5-8

Propagation

Clumps may be divided in spring. Flowers may take 2 years or more to appear if plant is propagated from seed.

Additional Notes

The Arnoglossum genus includes plants for which the genus name Cacalia has been misapplied. The leaves have been used as a poultice for cuts and bruises.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, VA, WI, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae Aster family
Genus Arnoglossum Indian plantain
Species Arnoglossum atriplicifolium pale Indian plantain