© Dave Ingram (Photo ID #6080)
Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect, several, simple, strongly woolly-hairy, 5-20 cm tall.
Basal leaves linear, long-hairy, 3-13 cm long, 1-7 mm wide, tapering gradually towards the ends, 3-veined; stem leaves lacking.
Inflorescence of dense, woolly-hairy spikes, 1.5-10 cm long, under 1 cm wide; corollas brownish, 4-lobed, the lobes spreading, 1.5-2 mm long; bracts firm, linear with scarious margins at the base, 5 mm long; stamens inconspicuous.
Capsules, ellipsoid, 3-4 mm long; seeds 2, light brown, finely veined, 1.5-2 mm long.
Some long-bracted BC plants have been recognized as var. spinulosa.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present over the Spring
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BG(105), IDF(28), PP(79)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Plantago aristata var. nuttallii (Rapin) Morris
Plantago patagonica var. aristata (Michx.) A. Gray
Plantago patagonica var. breviscapa (Shinners) Shinners
Plantago patagonica var. gnaphalioides (Nutt.) A. Gray
Plantago patagonica var. oblonga (Morris) Shinners
Plantago patagonica var. patagonica
Plantago patagonica var. spinulosa (Decne.) A. Gray
Plantago picta E. Morris
Plantago purshii Roem. & Schult.
Plantago purshii var. breviscapa Shinners
Plantago purshii var. oblonga (Morris) Shinners
Plantago purshii var. picta (E. Morris) Pilg.
Plantago purshii var. spinulosa (Decne.) Shinners
Plantago spinulosa Decne.
Plantago wyomingensis Gandog.
"The family Plantaginaceae includes three genera and an estimated 250-275 species from diverse habitats throughout the world (Pilger 1937). In Canada, the family is represented by two genera containing seven introduced species and ten native species" (Bassett 1973).
Bassett, I. John. 1973. The Plantains of Canada. Monograph No. 7. Canada Department of Agriculture.