Tall blue lettuce
Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated April 2019.
Scientific name: Lactuca biennis (Moench) Fern.
Common name(s): tall blue lettuce, blue wood lettuce, woodland lettuce
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-annual or biennial
-leaves are alternate and deeply pinnately lobed
-may be confused with wild lettuce (L. canadensis), especially when not in bloom; see left sidebar of Go Botany webpage. Can also hybridize with L. canadensis; see Flora Novae Angliae information at bottom of Go Botany webpage.
-meadows and fields
-Native Americans used the root to treat
Haines, A., Farnsworth, E., Morrison, G., & New England Wild Flower Society. (2011). New England Wildflower Society’s Flora Novae Angliae: A manual for the identification of native and naturalized higher vascular plants of New England. Framingham, MA: New England Wild Flower Society. p. 415.
Go Botany. “Lactuca Biennis (Moench) Fern.” Lactuca Biennis (Tall Blue Lettuce): Go Botany, 2020, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/lactuca/biennis/.