About Prairie Indian Plantain: Due to its decreasing prairie habitat, Prairie Indian Plantain has become uncommon in the wild. It can occasionally be found scattered throughout the Midwestern region, growing in moist ground near rivers or marshes. This plant has unusual rubbery leaves, with grooves running along their length. Because of its love for wet soil, Prairie Indian Plantain makes an excellent choice for wetland plantings.
Prairie Indian Plantain Germination: In late fall, direct sow the seed just below the surface of the soil. For spring planting, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 60 days before planting. After the last frost of spring, sow the seed on the surface of the soil and keep the soil moist until germination. Prairie Indian Plantain grows best in rich, rather moist soil that drains well.
Growing Prairie Indian Plantain Seeds: Keep the soil very moist; this plant naturally occurs in wet areas and can thrive even in standing water, though it also tolerates average soil. This plant attracts butterflies and bees.
Harvesting Prairie Indian Plantain: The unusual blooms of this plant are best enjoyed outdoors, since they are not suitable for cut flowers.
Saving Prairie Indian Plantain Seeds: As soon as the seed comes loose easily from the head, it has matured. Collect the heads of ripe seed and spread them out to dry completely. Rub them to separate the seed from the husk. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Prairie Indian Plantain Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Groovestem Indian Plantain, Indian Plantain Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Summer Height: 36-60 inches Spacing: 18-24 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 3a-10b Seeds Per Oz: 5300 Produces a plant with thick and rubbery 8” serrated leaves, and stems with flat 4-6” clusters of white or pale green flowers.