Arnoglossum atriplicifolium

Pale Indian Plantain

Plant Type:


Arnoglossum atriplicifolium (form. Cacalia atriplicifolia, ex: Louis Raymond) - Pale Indian Plantain is another fine prairie perennial. Flowering stems rise up to 6 feet tall but may stretch to a height of 8 feet. Light green leaves can grow to be one-foot diameter but are more usual at 8 inches long by 6 wide. Flowers clustered at or near the top of the stem are white but sometimes just touched with purple and / or granny smith apple green. The florets are a give away to its allegiance to Asteraceae. This would be great in the wild garden, the meadow garden, field and the casual perennial border. If happy it harbors the potential to self sow. It is found broadly Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas, from Minnesota south to Louisiana and all states east but not New England except apparently there are individuals in Massachusetts... always in the plant world expect the exception! Established potted Pale Indian Plantain from seed or division.


72-90 in


18-24 in



Characteristics and Attributes for Arnoglossum atriplicifolium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Butterflies
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Sun Tolerant


  • Grass Garden
  • Border
  • Cottage Garden
  • Natural Garden
  • Meadow / Field

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Draining
  • Fertile
  • Moist


  • Central and Eastern North America

Propagated By

  • By Seed / Potted
  • Division