Plantago patagonica – Woolly Plantain

Plantago patagonica - Woolly Plantain, Woolly Indianwheat

Plantago patagonica - Woolly Plantain, Woolly Indianwheat

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Plantago patagonica

Synonyms: Plantago picta, P. purshii, P. spinulosa, P. wyomingensis

Common Names: Woolly Plantain, Woolly Indianwheat

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual

Growth Habit: Herb/Forb

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Desert, Upland

Flower Color: Whitish tan to dull whitish flowers, Silvery green inflorescences

Flowering Season: Winter (late), Spring, Summer

Height: To 8 inches (20 cm) tall

Description: The flowers are in long, slender, fuzzy, silvery green, terminal flower spikes. The individual flowers are tiny and have 4 ovate, whitish to partly translucent lobes and 4 stamens. The leaves are green, basal, narrowly linear to linear-lanceolate in shape, and densely to lightly covered in shaggy hair. The plants are completely covered in white, woolly hairs.

The similar Desert Indianwheat (Plantago ovata) has shorter, fatter, tanner, terminal flower spikes with larger flowers.


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Plantaginales
Family: Plantaginaceae – Plantain family
Genus: Plantago L. – plantain
Species: Plantago patagonica Jacq. – woolly plantain

More About This Plant

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