The plant family Plantaginaceae was named and described by Antoine Laurent de Jussieu in Genera Plantarum in 1789.
As of 1-6-23 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 107 genera in this family commonly known as the Plantain family.
I have grown several cultivars in this family as well as identified a few wildflowers on my farm and on a friend’s farm. You can click on the plant names under the photos to go to their own pages.
For more information about this family of plants, please click on the links below. The links take you directly to the information about the family.
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE
FLORA OF NORTH AMERICA
I brought three Angelonia angustifolia Hybrid Angelface® ‘Perfectly Pink’ home from a local greenhouse in 2018. I am not really into pink, but these plants did GREAT.
I brought a pot of Angelonia angustifolia home from Lowe’s 2009 when I lived in Mississippi. It did pretty well clear up until 2013 when I moved back to the family farm in west-central Missouri. I hadn’t seen any Angelonia at the local greenhouses until 2018…
I found a HUGE colony of Collinsia verna (Blue-Eyed Mary) on a friend’s farm in 2020. The multitude of blue and white bicolored flowers were quite a sight.
I had been wanting to try a Digitalis for a while, so when I found this Digitalis purpurea ‘Camelot White’ from a local greenhouse I brought it home. I think they are more suited for a cooler climate because it fizzled out when it got hot…
There was a HUGE colony of Penstemon digitalis (Foxglove Beardtongue) growing along a highway outside of town in 2019 but they didn’t return in 2020. Then I found a few in the back pasture on my farm… I had not seen there before.
Veronica peregrina (Purslane Speedwell) grows in abundance in flower beds, around trees, in the garden, etc. I finiually decided to identify it in 2020… Common names include Purslane Speedwell, American Speedwell, Neckweed, Hairy Purslane Speedwell, Hairy Speedwell, Necklaceweed, and maybe others.
The Veronica persica (Bird’s Eye Speedwell) is one of the first wildflowers to bloom in the spring. Their tiny flowers are a welcome sight for bees.
I brought this Veronica ‘Sunny Border Blue’ from Lowe’s in 2009 when I was living in Mississippi. It did great through every summer through 2012. I gave it to a friend when I moved back to Missouri in 2013.
I put a few Veronica ‘Very Van Gogh’ in the bed in front of the church I attend in 2019 and decided to go back to greenhouse and bring one home for myself. The plants returned in front of the church in 2020, but not the one I brought home…
I brought this Veronica spicata ‘Hocus Pocus’ home from Lowe’s in 2014 and put it in the northeast corner bed. It did great all summer but didn’t return in 2015.
That’s all I have experience with in this family. You never know what I will find to add.