The Native Plant Store is Now Open Here

  • This page will remain accessible as a library page until I have all 200+ species profiles added to the new store software
  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information here to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.

Nabalus albus, White Rattlesnakeroot 

Nabalus albus (also known as Prenanthes alba)

White Rattlesnakeroot 

Also known as White Lettuce and Lion's Foot

  • Partial to deep shade
  • Average to moderately wet or dry soils
  • Up to 48” tall
  • Late summer and fall blooming
  • Native to Ontario, happy in Woodland and Forest settings.

New to my garden this year but, after ordering these seeds from Prairie Moon, I found out that they are not new to the woods at our Perth place, where I came across a blooming patch last September. In that very dry, shaded setting they grew to between 2' and 3'-6". In a higher moisture setting, with a bit more sunlight, they can grow to around 4' tall and have a width of around 18". Further digging through old photos unearthed a picture of their spring foliage, which is distinctive enough that it caught my eye long before I knew what species I was photographing. 

With a relativly quick lifecycle, these grow either as re-seeding biennials or short lived perennials. 

First photo by peganum via Wikimedia Commons

Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality