PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME:  Wild Lettuce

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Lactuca Canadensis / Asteraceae or Compositae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Canada Lettuce

CONDITIONS: partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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bitter

COOK

Spring

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk/Stem

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BITTER

COOK

Spring

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT/CAUTION:  If you are allergic to latex & dandelions, then avoid this plant. Preparation, “Young leaves in salads, tend to be bitter, older leaves boiled for 10/15 minutes.”(2) “Although no specific mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, many plants in this genus contain a narcotic principle, this is at its most concentrated when the plant begins to flower. This principle has been almost bred out of the cultivated forms of lettuce but is produced when the plant starts to go to seed.” (1) Opium substitute, inhaling can cause hallucinogenic effects, etc.

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Analgesic;  Diuretic;  Hypnotic;  Nervine;  Sedative;  Warts. (1)
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-342/wild-lettuce 

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/User/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Lactuca+canadensis

  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/lactuca-floridana-let-us-eat-wild-lettuce-2   
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactuca_canadensis
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2005/07/wild-lettuce.html  (good photos)