Photographer: Ray Francies
Prenanthes alba L.
lion's-foot, rattlesnake-root, white-lettuce
Prenanthes: from prenes for "drooping" and anthe for "blossom"
alba: Latin for "white"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1 1/2'-5' tall forb with milky juice; stems thick, often purplish|
|Flower: ||head 1/2" wide with pink to cream ray flowers, purplish bracts (phyllaries) with no hairs; inflorescence with nodding heads in long, branched clusters; blooms Aug.-Sept.|
|Fruit:||dry seed with brownish, fluffy pappus|
|Leaf:||alternate, usually hairy below, the long-stalked lower leaves of various shapes, getting simpler and smaller toward the top|
|Habitat: ||dry; woods, forests; in rocky soil|