Blackseed Plantain, Rugel's Plantain

Plantago rugelii

Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Plantago (plan-TA-go) (Info)
Species: rugelii (roo-GEL-ee-eye) (Info)

Category:

Herbs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Green

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Lecanto, Florida

Springfield, Illinois

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 8, 2010, nicholtammy from Huntsville,
Canada wrote:

I try to keep it in the lawn The seeds of this plant may be used simularly to psullium as a fiber subsitute the seeds will thicken liquid adding them to stews etc... I use the seeds soaked in water overnight or hot water in creams like aloe very for moisture, when the seeds are ripe in the fall they become slimy after dew frost or rain and you can rub them on dry hands skin small sores burns works like aloe vera

Neutral

On May 18, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant.

Blackseed Plantain, Rugel's Plantain (Plantago rugelii) is a native plant. It has a basal leaf arrangement. The oval leaves are simple with undulate margins and parallel venation. One distinguishing feature is its reddish petioles. The leaf blades and petioles are edible and can be cooked as a vegetable. Its flowers which appear on a spike are white, but are translucent so they may appear to be greenish. Its seeds are sometimes used in birdseed.

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