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Green Landscaping: Greenacres
Native Plants of the Great Lakes
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Cacalia Atriplicifolia / Family:
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.