Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 12 inches to 48 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Prickly
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Salad greens
Cooked greens
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Stem
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Self
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


Discussion Threads about this plant
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Weed or plant? by natscrafts Jul 30, 2018 6:36 PM 7
Asking a question for my mom by Pleinhauser Jun 30, 2018 2:30 PM 2
Plant ID - Help! by KateMomstar Mar 15, 2018 1:28 PM 11
Is this the prickly wild lettuce? by MunSung1075 May 29, 2018 10:07 AM 16
Untitled by leegold1 Jan 16, 2018 11:30 AM 10
Double checking by Soapmom79 Jul 7, 2017 3:43 PM 5
What is this plant? by buxby Aug 8, 2018 8:46 PM 11
Still hunting this it? by IJsbrandtGA Sep 4, 2016 10:24 PM 32
New to this forum by charleymcdowell Aug 12, 2016 7:57 AM 2
lactuca (wild lettuce) by robbyjoe01 Jul 6, 2016 9:25 PM 2

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