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Plantago debilis

Slender or Shade Plantain

Perennial or annual herb with a taproot,

Additional information

  • FamilyPlantaginaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 25 cm, flower stem to 70 cm high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesRosette of thin, downy, narrow lance-shaped leaves, broader towards the tip, 3-15 cm x 8-40 mm, on stalk to 10 cm, 5-veined, margins entire or distantly toothed, tufts of whitish hairs at leaf bases.
  • Flower colourPale green
  • Flowering timeSeptember to March
  • FlowersErect downy spike 6-10 cm long of tiny distantly spaced flowers, stalk 5-40 cm long. Sepals hairless.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to dryish areas in shaded forests. Semi-shade to dappled shade.
  • Garden useMoist shady gardens under trees.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Related speciesPlantago hispida is similar. It may occur in the Dandenong Ranges. Leaves are narrower, 3-12 mm wide and spikes are dense at maturity. Occurs in rocky outcrops. Easily identified from the weed plantains by its spike of distantly spaced flowers.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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