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Goose Tongue
Plantago maritima
About Goose Tongue (Plantago maritima) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Goose Tongue (Plantago maritima var. juncoides) is a native perennial herb that grows in central and northern California. It tends to grow in wet places, at elevations from - feet.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Full Sun


Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
5, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Wet places

Annual Precipitation: 13.0" - 65.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.18" - 1.97", Coldest Month: 44.9" - 53.0", Hottest Month: 56.6" - 70.6", Humidity: 0.03" - 16.14", Elevation: -40" - 713"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Plantago maritima var. juncoides
Common Names: Alkali Plantain, Maritime Plantain, Pacific Seaside Plantain

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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