Plantago rugelii is an annual/perennial found in areas such as Eastern N. America - Quebec to North Dakota, south to Florida. A member of the Plantaginaceae family, Plantago rugelii Decne is also known by its common name of Blackseed Plantain. The Annual/perennial can grow to a height of 0.1 meters and up to meters wide. The preferred habitat of Damp shores, roadsides and waste places[43]., with LMH soil and N moisture levels. .

Blackseed Plantain is a zone hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of Blackseed Plantain is 2Plantain seeds contain up to 30% mucilage which swells up in the gut, acting as a bulk laxative and soothing irritated membranes[238]. Sometimes the seed husks are used without the seeds[238]. A poultice of the fresh leaves is used to treat burns and inflammations[257].

Plantago rugelii is a non flowering plant which is pollinated by Wind.

The plant has an edibility rating of 1Young leaves - raw or cooked[177].

Cultivation tips: We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native habitat it should succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in a sunny position[200].

. The plant should best be propagated by Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant
them out in early summer. A sowing can be made outdoors in situ in mid to late spring if you have enough seeds.

Young leaves - raw or cooked[177].