The Plant store is now closed for orders.

  • I'm planning on one last round of sales toward the end of September of plants that I'll be potting up from a nursery bed I planted in the fall of 2022. I'll post the details and the time once I have the plants ready to go
  • 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.
  • Please see the Plant Nursery for a photo of the different sizes/prices on offer and for information on the sizing of these seedlings and the details of the sale
  • Species that were not seeded, didn’t germinate or that are sold out are marked with an asterisk *

* 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