Photographer: Mark Mittelstadt
Prenanthes crepidinea Michx.
great white-lettuce, Midwestern white-lettuce, nodding rattlesnake-root
Prenanthes: from prenes for "drooping" and anthe for "blossom"
crepidinea: like Crepis
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 5'-9' tall forb with milky juice; stems stout and mostly smooth below the inflorescence|
|Flower: ||head 1/2" wide with cream to pale yellow ray flowers, bracts (phyllaries) hairy; inflorescence with nodding heads in branched, 4"-6" wide clusters; blooms Aug.-Sept.|
|Fruit:||dry seed with tan, fluffy pappus|
|Leaf:||alternate, thin, lower leaves sharply toothed or lobed and up to 10" long, upper slightly smaller and not clasping|
|Habitat: ||partial to full shade; wet, moist; prairies, thickets, woods|