Lactuca floridana

Woodland Lettuce
woodland biennial
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A blue flowered member of the composite family that tolerates and favors woodland shade.  Lactuca floridana, commonly called Florida blue lettuce or wild lettuce, is an annual/biennial that typically grows to 2-7’ tall. It is native to moist to wet open woods, thickets, disturbed sites, waste ground, streambanks, roadsides and railroads in North America from Manitoba and Ontario south through New York to Florida and through South Dakota to Texas. Although related to Latuca sativa (edible lettuce of salads), this woodland lettuce has a bitter flavor and is not commonly eaten. Young basal leaves may be added raw to salads. Older leaves may be cooked as greens.  Threatened or endangered in Michigan and NY.

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