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Arnoglossum atriplicifolium (Pale indian plaintain)
Bloodworth, Stefan

Arnoglossum atriplicifolium

Arnoglossum atriplicifolium (L.) H. Rob.

Pale Indian plaintain

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Cacalia atriplicifolia, Cacalia rotundifolia, Mesadenia atriplicifolia


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The 3-5 ft., erect stem and fan-shaped leaves are smooth and covered with a whitish bloom. Whitish flowers are in flat-topped clusters, supported by stiff bracts.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , AR , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , VA , WI , WV
Native Distribution: NY to WI, s. to GA, LA & OK
Native Habitat: Dry, open woods; thickets; rocky openings

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Various soils.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery - Orefield, PA
* Available Online from Wildflower Center Store


Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Arnoglossum atriplicifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Arnoglossum atriplicifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
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Record Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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