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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Arnoglossum atriplicifolium [= Cacalia atriplicifolia]

Pale Indian-plantain

Scientific Name:

Arnoglossum atriplicifolium [= Cacalia atriplicifolia]

Genus:

Arnoglossum

Species Epithet:

atriplicifolium

Common Name:

Pale Indian-plantain

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Green, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Mesic forests, woodland edges, clearings, prairies, meadows. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed, G4 - Apparently Secure, G5 - Secure (*Key)

Inflorescences are flat-topped clusters of white flowers. Flower buds tinged with pink may be more attractive than the open blossoms.

Will Stuart

Pale Indian-plantain is tall, slender, and clump-forming. Leaves are alternate, large, palmately-veined and deeply lobed.

Will Stuart

Pink flower buds in July

NC mountains

Bettina Darveaux

Natural stand of plants

Siler Bald, NC mountains

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/arnoglossum-atriplicifolium/

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

700 Bird-friendly Plants for NC: https://nc.audubon.org/700



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