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Arnoglossum atriplicifolium (Pale indian plantain)
Brundage, Stephanie

Arnoglossum atriplicifolium

Arnoglossum atriplicifolium (L.) H. Rob.

Pale Indian Plantain

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

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


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The 3-5 ft., sometimes taller, 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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 10 feet tall, often shorter.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

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


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.


Commercially Avail: yes

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Arnoglossum atriplicifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Arnoglossum atriplicifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Arnoglossum atriplicifolium


Record Modified: 2022-10-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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