Plantago alpestris

Veined Plantain

Perennial herb forming colonies. Roots are branched, with rooting also occurring from the stem. Young growth hairy.

Additional information

  • FamilyPlantaginaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.6-14 cm x 10-20 cm
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesGround-hugging rosette of lance-shaped to elliptic leaves, broader towards the tip, 2-8 cm x 7-25 mm, stalks indistinct; 3-veined, margins entire, tufts of long golden-brown hairs at leaf bases.
  • Flower colourCream
  • Flowering timeNovember to March
  • FlowersErect egg-shaped to cylindrical spike 0.8-3 cm long of 10 or more tiny flowers, stalk 8-14 cm long.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet soils along creek and bog margins in high altitude grasslands. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useMay be useful as a small groundcover or rockery plant in moist mountain gardens.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. Scattered in the Eastern Highlands of Victoria.
Photographer/s: 1 Ken Harris ©; 2 Murray Fagg, Australian National Botanic Gardens ©; 3, 4 Russell Best, NatureShare ©

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