Plantago cordata Lam. - Heartleaf Plantain

Plantago cordata plant

Family - Plantaginaceae

Stems - No info yet.

Plantago cordata basePlant base.

Leaves - No info yet.

Plantago cordata leaf

Plantago cordata leaf

Inflorescence - No info yet.

Flowers - No info yet.

Plantago cordata infructescencePortion of the infructescence.

Flowering - May - July.

Habitat - Wet woods, sloughs, rocky stream beds, spring branches.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found mainly in the southeastern corner of Missouri. The plant is reportedly uncommon but can be found in large quanities when the habitat is undisturbed.
This is an easy species to identify because of its large, cordate leaves, reddish petiole bases, and habitat. Steyermark reported that the plant is edible and the best tasting of all the Missouri plantains.

Photographs taken at Big Spring Park, MO., 6-11-04.


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