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Woolly Plantain
Plantago ovata
About Woolly Plantain (Plantago ovata) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Plantago ovata (Desert Indianwheat, Blond Psyllium; syn. Plantago brunnea Morris, Plantago fastigiata Morris, Plantago gooddingii A. Nels. & Kennedy, Plantago insularis Eastw., Plantago insularis Eastw. var. fastigiata (Morris) Jepson, Plantago insularis Eastw. var. scariosa (Morris) Jepson, Plantago minima A. Cunningham) is a medicinal plant native to Western Asia and Southern Asia. It is a common source of psyllium seed husks, a material used as dietary fiber.

According to a molecular clock analysis by Stephen C. Meyers and Aaron Liston, it was introduced to California 200,000 to 650,000 years ago, so by now can also be safely called a California native.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage

Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Sandy or gravelly soils, a

Annual Precipitation: 2.3" - 37.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.13" - 2.42", Coldest Month: 40.2" - 63.4", Hottest Month: 61.5" - 89.9", Humidity: 0.92" - 46.65", Elevation: -226" - 6517"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Desert Indianwheat, Desert 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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