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Plantago cordata (Heartleaf plantain)
Cressler, Alan

Plantago cordata

Plantago cordata Lam.

Heartleaf Plantain, Heart-leaved Plantain, Water Plantain

Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)


USDA Symbol: PLCO2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Plantago cordata, a broad-leaved Plantago, occurs in streams from New York south to North Carolina, west to Alabama and Louisiana, and north to Wisconsin and Ontario. It can be distinguished from other Plantago species by its hollow stem.

It is listed as an endangered species.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown


USA: AL , AR , DC , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NY , OH , SC , TN , VA , WI
Canada: ON
Native Habitat: Riparian,Swamp/Marsh

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-03-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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