wild lettuce


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wild lettuce

n
(Plants) any of several uncultivated lettuce plants, such as Lactuca serriola (or L. scariola) of Eurasia and L. canadensis (horseweed) of North America, which grow as weeds and have yellow or blue flowers, milky juice in the stem, and prickly leaves: family Asteraceae (composites)
References in classic literature ?
I am no worshipper of Hygeia, who was the daughter of that old herb-doctor AEsculapius, and who is represented on monuments holding a serpent in one hand, and in the other a cup out of which the serpent sometimes drinks; but rather of Hebe, cup-bearer to Jupiter, who was the daughter of Juno and wild lettuce, and who had the power of restoring gods and men to the vigor of youth.
Creasy greens such as winter cress and wild lettuce are abundant.
Is this plant wild lettuce, poison hemlock or giant hogweed?
The wild lettuce is edible, and the young leaves make a good salad ingredient or pot vegetable.
com A BLEND of herbs, plus passion flower, hops and wild lettuce.