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Plantago asiatica 'Variegata'

Plantago asiatica 'Variegata'

Common name variegated plantain
Family plantaginaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers green (summer)
Size 4"
Light sun-part shade
From seed self-sows in our garden

Relative of the common weed (see Plantago major), with an irregularly streaked cream-and-green variegation pattern. Even though I don't think it's quite gardenworthy enough to officially preserve, I allow some seedlings to grow where they don't get in the way – for example, between the flagstones in our side garden walkway, shown at right.

variegated plantain

Through self-sowing, plants with different variegation patterns have established themselves. The one at right may have cross-bred with the 'Ki Fu' variety, whose markings are more in the yellow range.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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