Pale Indian Plantain (Arnoglossum atriplicifolium)

Pale Indian Plantain1

This large perennial will grow up to 6 feet tall on a single stalk with large leaves.   The leaf can be as large as 8 to 9 inches across.   It will flower in late summer.   It will reseed readily so the best way to control propagation is to cut off blooms before they go to seed.    Any unwanted plants can be easily pulled up.    It will disappear after the first hard frost but will return in early spring.

The Cherokee would make a poultice from the large leaves for burns, cuts, and bruises.  The leaves were also used on cancers.   The Cherokee would also use the powdered leaves for a seasoning similar to salt.

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