PLANTAGO major Seeds, 'Purpurea' Red-leaved Plantain (var. rubrifolia),herb Flowers
Usage: honey-bee food plant / for the rock garden
This is an ornamental red-leaved form of a plant commonly thought of as a lawn weed. It forms a clump of leathery bronzy-purple leaves, which develop particularly good red color in the autumn. Insignificant spikes of green flowers should be cut off to prevent self seeding. Amazingly good ornamental value, adapting well to dry sites. Most seedlings that appear will come true to form. Probably hardy down to Zone 2 or colder. Extremely easy, this is practically a grow-anywhere plant although leaf color will be best with some direct sun. Good deer resistance.
Life Cycle: Perennial
Special Features: Very decorative.
Basic Colour: (white / cream)
Flower Colour: white
Natural Flowering Period: May - July
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z3 - Z9
Height with Flowers: 30 cm
Grow Plantains: In a prepared seedbed, sow the Plantain seeds directly outside in the early spring. Lightly cover the herb seeds with soil and keep moist.
USDA Zones: 3 - 9
Height: 12 inches
Bloom Season: Early summer to early fall
Bloom Color: Green
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Average soils, pH tolerant 6.6 - 9.0
Temperature: Sow at 68F, if no germ. in 3 - 4 weeks, move to 24 - 39F for 2 - 4 weeks
Average Germ Time: 21 - 28 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: 1/16 inch deep
Sowing Rate: 3 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 15 - 18 inches