Plantago cordata Lam.
Common Name: HEART-LEAVED PLANTAIN
Coefficient of Conservatism: 10
Coefficient of Wetness: -5
Wetness Index: OBL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb
Status: E
Plantago cordata flower A. A. Reznicek flower

Wet sites in forests, especially around the shores of vernal ponds and wet depressions, along permanent or temporary streams, and in seeps.

A large handsome native species that has become exceedingly rare in recent years. Long thought to have become extirpated in Michigan, until the first plants to be seen since 1925 were discovered in Hillsdale Co. in 1990 by W. H. Wagner & P. W. Fritsch, along (and in) an ephemeral stream in rich forests, a typical habitat. In 1995, rediscovered in Ionia Co. by F. W. & R. B. Case, in deep floodplain forests with Saururus and now known from several additional locations. The large fleshy roots of this species are reputed to have great medicinal value.

Locations

Eaton County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Kent County
Macomb County
Oakland County
Shiawassee County
St. Clair County
Tuscola County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 11, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1964.