The Native Plant Store can Now be Found Here

  • This page will remain accessible as a library page until I have all the species moved to the new page and all the quirks worked out in the new software so it can function as a searchable library.
  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information in this existing library to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.

Plantago rugelii, Blackseed Plantain

Plantago rugelii

Blackseed Plantain

  • Average to moderately wet or moderately dry soils
  • Full sun to moderate shade
  • 4” to 12” tall, 8” to 16” wide
  • Summer Blooms
  • Ontario Native, Thrives in Meadows and Woodlands, will grow in mixed turf areas, tolerating mowing and foot traffic. 

While the Eurasian Broadleaf Plantain, Plantago major, has become extremely common in urban areas, this native Plantain is still widely present in ecosystems with less drastic levels of disturbance and displacement.

Sharing a similar growth habit, the native Blackseed Plantain is also tolerant of challenges like compacted soils, foot traffic and mowing. Distinguishable from their Eurasian cousins by the burgundy colouration where their leaves join their crown and their overall size, the easiest, and most conveniently timed for seed gathering, distinguishing feature is the shape of their seed pods which are more elongated or oval shaped in the native species and proportioned more like an egg in an egg cup in the introduced species.

They have edible foliage, generally harvested while tender in the spring, and the skin soothing properties that the Plantain family is well known for. 

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