Plant ID forum: Double checking

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Northern Kentucky, USA
Soapmom79
Jul 7, 2017 1:15 PM CST
This was ID'd in a wonderful FB group as wild lettuce but I can't find any matching images. Any chance that this is any sort of poppy? I'm sure the FB group is right. They seem to be very knowledgeable but hope springs.....
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jul 7, 2017 1:23 PM CST
Welcome!

I'm pretty sure that is not wild lettuce. You can confirm by checking the underside of the leaves, if Lactuca serriola wild (prickly) lettuce it should have spines along the midrib like this

https://www.google.ca/search?q...:

But that's what is "wild lettuce" around here, there are several other plants with that common name, see:

https://garden.org/plants/sear...

Does it ever flower? It looks a bit like shepherd's purse but I'm not certain. Flowers would clinch it.
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Northern Kentucky, USA
Soapmom79
Jul 7, 2017 1:27 PM CST
Oh no. Not at all like that. The leaves are very thick and soft but not at all fuzzy. No white soap when broken just clear "plant juice". Also, the edges (toothed?) are very rounded not at all like the photos I can find of wild lettuce...it only came up this year and so far no flower.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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sooby
Jul 7, 2017 1:36 PM CST
I think all the Lactuca wild lettuce most likely should have milky sap. If it's not being a nuisance maybe leave it and see what the flowers are like, it will be easier to identify then unless someone recognizes it in the rosette stage.
Northern Kentucky, USA
Soapmom79
Jul 7, 2017 2:51 PM CST
Oh it isn't a nuisance at all. I like nearly every plant including"weeds". I stubbornly hold to the hope that it may be one of many poppy varieties I winter sowed 😂. Will hold this hope until I get an ID HAHA. In any case the leaves are pretty enough. There are two of these side by side. I'm excited to see what it becomes if I don't get an ID. I have tried those apps where u upload photos but they all say thistle...totally not thistle.. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
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Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jul 7, 2017 3:43 PM CST
Shepherd's purse?
Porkpal

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