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Lactuca virosa (Wild Lettuce)

Leaves, Shredded from Albania (SKU 0286)

Excellent quality shredded wild Lettuce leaves and stems. Cultivated in Albania.



The plant belongs to the Compositae (Sunflower family) and originated in Southern Europe. It now grows wild in parts of Europe. After its introduction to North America, the plant established itself in the south, where it can still be found growing wild. Wild Lettuce grows on banks and waste places, flowering in July and August. It is a biennial herb growing to a maximum height of 6 feet. The erect stem, springing from a brown tap-root, is smooth and pale green, sometimes spotted with purple. There are a few prickles on the lower part and short horizontal branches above. The numerous, large, radical leaves are from 6 to 18 inches long, entire, and obovate-oblong. The stem leaves are scanty, alternate, and small, clasping the stem with two small lobes. The heads are numerous and shortly-stalked, the pale-yellow corolla being strap-shaped. The rough, black fruit is oval, with a broad wing along the edge, and prolonged above into a long, white beak carrying silvery tufts of hair. The whole plant is rich in a milky juice that flows freely from any wound. This has a bitter taste and a narcotic odour. When dry, it hardens and turns brown. Wild lettuce is also called a "compass plant" because its leaves turn to follow the sun during the day.

This item is not allowed in the following countries:

Finland, Norway

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