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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

Cacalia Atriplicifolia / Family: Asteracea
Pale Indian Plantain, Swink/Wilhelm #8

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FLOWERING: Late July - Late September.

SEED TIMING: Mid-September to late October.

HABITAT: Dry mesic savannas and prairies.

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 3 - 6 feet high. Flowers are greenish in flat-topped clusters and are supported by stiff slender bracts. This species is smooth and glaucous (with a waxy bloom). Leaves irregularly fan shaped, coarsely toothed or lobed, pale beneath.

TO PICK: Dark brown seed attached to fuzzy pappus. Rule of thumb with all composites; when any seed is fuzzy, pick the entire head. Break off, let dry in open air and then store in paper bag.


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