Seaside plantain

Plantago maritima ssp. juncoides

Range: Common along the coast, rare inland in NW BC (Mess Lake Mineral Springs); coastal N America and S America.

Description: Perennial (rarely annual) herb from a sometimes woolly, short-branched crown and a taproot; stems ascending to erect, several, simple or rarely short branched, smooth or spreading-hairy, 5-45 cm tall.  All leaves basal, lanceolate or more often linear, 5-22 cm long, entire or irregularly short-toothed, smooth or slightly hairy, 3- to 5 (7)-veined.  Pink to lavender flowers, small (4-7 mm long); with 5 long, delicate, papery lobes.

Ecology: Scattered along coastline in salt marshes, coastal beaches, bluffs, spits, and sometimes somewhat inland along riverbanks or in grassy meadows.


  • Eflora
  • Pojar, J. and A. MacKinnon.  1994.  Plants of coastal British Columbia: including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. Lone Pine Publishing. Vancouver. 528 p.

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