Apr. 11, 2019

blackseed plantain, Plantago rugelii

Plantain's as wildflowers? Have you ever stopped to see the flowers as you mowed them down? The purple anthers turn out to be kind of attractive. And the petals are fascinating. Petals? Look closely at the tops of the flowers where the filaments emerge. There are tiny, mostly reflexed, pointed petals. Some are white, and some greenish or yellowish as this plant mostly is. Fascinating in their shyness. The flowers are pistillate at the top of the spike. You can see one of those at the top of the frame - no stamens, and a fuzzy little straight pistil sticking up. Lower are male or mixed flowers. This native species has soaked up a lot of herbicide in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 7/28/11.