P.E.M.U. 0004 – Wild Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis)

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New to P.E.M.U.? Start here: https://bigpigblog.com/2015/03/20/p-e-m-u-project/ Do the work!! Use a good field guide for identification and start your own botanical journey. Items in “bold” are first hand experience.

This week’s featured plant is a springtime favorite, Wild Lettuce..

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Wild Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis)

Aster Family – Botany in a Day page 163

Identification – Nature’s Garden page 425

  • “V” shaped mid-vein with hairs
  • Tan milky sap
  • Hollow stem

P-oisonous

  • Potential narcotic effect

E-dible

  • Leaves – raw
  • Leaves – cooked
  • Stem – raw
  • Stem cooked

M-edicinal

  • Sap – sedative (Lactucarium)
  • Sap – warts
  • Infusion – sedative

U-seful

Wild lettuce, wild boar, and sochan..

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Resources:

PFAF – http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Lactuca+canadensis

Eattheweeds – http://www.eattheweeds.com/the-lettuce-labyrinth-sorting-out-species-2/

Interested in learning more about the Poisonous, Edible, Medicinal, and Useful plants around us? Check out BPO’s foraging classes http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/poisonous–edible–medicinal—-useful-plants.html

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