Plantago eriopoda (Saline Plantain) - photos and description

Plantago eriopoda

Plantago eriopoda

Plantago eriopoda

Plantago eriopoda

Plantago eriopoda

Plantago eriopoda
Some plants have a tuft of woolly brown hairs in the crown

General: Perennial herbs with a stout caudex having a basal rosette of fleshy leaves. Often with woolly, brown hairs in the crown.

Very early flowering, most plants were done flowering when we photographed these on May 20th (in a year with a late spring, too).

Flowers: Flowers grow in a narrow spike, are purple, tiny, have four petals and up to 4 stamens. Spike measured to 4 cm long.

Leaves: Leaves oblanceolate, stalked, leaf highlighted in photo above was measured at 7.5 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, length includes petiole. Bottom of leaves 3-ribbed. Leaves with hairs at base of petiole, otherwise leaves are hairless.

Height: Height listed in Flora of Alberta to 20 cm, we measured scapes to 22 cm tall.

Habitat: Saline prairie.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photographed these plants May 20th, on saline prairie, about 60 km north of our home in Regina, SK.